After a 48 hour stretch with several home invasions and other violent crimes, Newschannel 6 wanted to see just how safe you are and how quickly Wichita Falls Police Officers get to a call.
When lives are on the line, like in the recent deadly home invasion, Police try to get there as quick as they can. Sgt. Joe Snyder says technology helps. "Everything is prioritized through a computed-aided dispatch system.", said Snyder. It goes to further their goals. "Certainly we want to try to be there in the first 3-4 minutes if we can."
Most time, they do. That is accomplished, in part, by breaking the city into assigned areas - called beats - based on where the most people are. The system seems to be working well.
On Wednesday morning, Police say a man armed with 2 knives stabbed a man and then broke into a house across the street. The woman inside called 911 and Officers say they were there within about 6 minutes. In the deadly home invasion they were there in less than 4 minutes.
To victims of crime, those few minutes can feel like an eternity. Bryan Ivy was attacked on his front porch Thursday morning. "A couple of guys came up here started an altercation with me, I was trying to get in the house with my mother, they knocked her down in the process and 911 was called.", explained Ivy.
He waited for police to get there. In that time, Ivy was worried. "Scared, wondering what's going to happen next or if they're going to get here before something worse happens.", he said.
According to Police records, Officers got on-scene in about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Ivy says it felt like 10. Snyder says the goal is to keep that time short. "Certainly we'd like to be in the area right away and some times it happens that way.", he said.
The City allows Citizens to view current calls on the dispatch computer system online. To see the web site, click on the link to the upper left.