As patrol strategies have shifted from responsive to proactive under Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, police response times to emergency calls has grown slower, reports the city’s the Journal Sentinel. Compared with 2007 figures, police response lagged in 13 of 15 major call categories. Only responses to shooting and theft from a vehicle were faster.
It took police 15 minutes longer on average in 2010 to dispatch a squad car to calls for theft, more than seven additional minutes for strong-arm robberies and six minutes longer for calls for sexual assault. The department now assigns more squad cars to proactive policing efforts rather than responding to emergency calls, a strategy Flynn says has helped drive down the city’s crime rate.