Red Lights + Sirens = Faster Cop Response In L.A.

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Los Angeles police are responding more quickly to emergencies under a new policy directing officers to use red lights and sirens more often, says the Los Angeles Times. LAPD has reduced its average emergency response time citywide from 10.5 minutes to 6.5 minutes in the last two weeks. “That change in policy has in the first two weeks resulted in a phenomenal drop in response time citywide, and the expectation is that drop will continue,” Chief William J. Bratton said.

Bratton said an old system meant that many cruisers were required to respond to emergencies while observing all traffic laws, often in congested areas, lengthening response time, particularly in the vast San Fernando Valley.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-response4jun04,1,6596271.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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