And we thought our

DIALED 9-1-1

sign set was spot on.

We had no idea that we needed to tweak it!

And yes, 911 does often put you on hold.

I was in Bloomington, IL a couple of months ago behind an erratic driver I thought was impaired.  I hung up after being placed on hold for the third time.  (First time was a routing “hold” to put me on with the right city, I guess.  The second two were unprofessional…  if you’re too busy to take a drunken driver report, then say so and hang up.)

911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

2 thoughts on “DIALED 911 and they told me they couldn’t help because of budget cuts… really.”
  1. Browser over to the Sheriff’s office web site at . Interesting reading since Illinois is probably in worse financial shape than they are. Is this the future for Illinois?

    Want a CCW permit from that department? At least you can get one, eventually.

    “Applications for concealed handgun licenses are accepted in the Civil Division at the Josephine County Adult Jail, Monday’s ONLY 9:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm with the exception of CLOSED ON HOLIDAYS. If we have an abundance of customers lined up we may be required to cut off accepting additional people during those hours to ensure we can close on time.”

    I read things like this:
    ” Due to budget and staffing cuts, the majority of our ____ programs have been terminated.”

    “The Patrol division consists of 3 deputies who patrol rural Josephine County 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Due to budget and staffing cuts, deputies are currently ONLY RESPONDING TO IN PROGRESS, LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES.

    All other matters may be reported by calling 541-474-5123 and leaving a voicemail. The report will be logged for information. There will no deputy follow-up or investigation.”

    “The Major Crimes Unit (MCU) is CLOSED until further notice, due to budget and staffing cuts. It ceased operations as of May 25, 2012 at 4 p.m. At that time, it consisted of one detective sergeant, one narcotics detective, three major crimes detectives and one intel/detective clerk.”

    “Our four-team K9 Unit was recently diminished due to budget and staffing cuts. We are attempting to keep one K9, which will be assigned to the patrol sergeant. The other three dogs will be retired and adopted by their handlers.”

    Everyone needs to remind their friends that the police aren’t first responders, they’re SECOND responders. WE are the first responders. Attempted rape? Gonna get a beating? Just politely ask them to go away or blow your whistle. For now, that’s the Josephine County and the Illinois way. Bet the bad guys really love this situation.

  2. Other Burma slogans that come to mind:

    Police rarely
    arrive in time
    what protects you
    during the crime?

    Criminals Menacing
    A Lady Alone
    Deterrence Requires
    More than a Phone

    Crime He Planned
    Was Doomed to Fail
    Victim Was Armed
    Now He’s in Jail

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