As a resident of Milwaukee’s central city, I hear it all the time. You call the cops and hope they show up promptly, if at all. And although most residents understand that a quick response is not always possible, considering the high volume of calls for help the Milwaukee Police Department receives, it was still important to examine just how long it takes on average for police to respond to violent crime calls.
By analyzing more than 1 million police dispatch records, we were able to learn the response times for several violent crimes, including reckless use of a weapon (74 minutes), and strong-armed robbery (38 minutes). The response times for other calls, as well as the reasons for slow police response times in the City of Milwaukee, are highlighted in this article, which was my favorite of 2018.