Baltimore Police Sets Goal of 10 Min Response to Emergency Calls
By Chris Eger
Baltimore’s new police commissioner joined with city leaders to announce a new crime reduction plan for the murder-plagued city that includes responding to emergency calls faster.
Michael Harrison, BPD’s new commissioner, announced the new plan alongside local prosecutors, federal law enforcement, and Baltimore Mayor Jack Young. The plan includes the increased use of technology such as data-driven crime suppression strategies, leveraging partnerships with federal agencies, recruiting more officers and setting a response time goal — something the city currently doesn’t have.
The newly established benchmark for BPD to respond to “emergency calls for service” is set at 10 minutes. “This goal is for the highest priority calls where life or property is in immediate danger,” says the report, noting that the metric will be evaluated over the next year.
“The importance of that goal is that the department has not in the past set a response time goal,” said Harrison in the press conference. “Now, we get to emergency responses– people with lives in danger, crimes in progress and perpetrators still on the scene — we get to those extremely fast, but now we have a written goal that we can work to achieve and then make sure we improve on that goal.”