Flatbush residents who call 911 have to expect a longer wait than anywhere else in the borough, reports Patch.
A recent analysis by the New York City’s Independent Budget Office revealed that Flatbush residents have to wait almost twice as long than other Brooklyn residents: The NYPD officers from the 67th Precinct took an average of 6.27 minutes to respond to an emergency call last year.
In comparison: The average wait time for the 450,000 possible crimes reported last year in the city’s 77 precincts was 3.80 minutes.
With such a slow response time, Flatbush’s 67th district ranks 6th among all NYPD precincts, beaten only by four Bronx precincts and Manhattan’s Midtown North, who had average response times ranging from 6.5 minutes to an incredible 8.03 minutes.
The officers of Queens’ 100th Precinct in the Rockaways are the fastest to respond to 911 calls: They arrived within just 1.6 minutes on average last year.
And the trend is not positive, as the IBO analysts, who based their findings on dispatch data from the Mayor’s Office of Management Budget, found out: The gap between lowest and highest wait times has nearly tripled since 2014.
Yet, the NYPD begs to differ.
“The NYPD response to crimes in progress and critical crimes in progress has gone down year-over-year since 2014,” an NYPD spokesperson stated. “The NYPD will continue to work closely with members of the community to in order to make every New York City neighborhood safe.”
The 67th Precinct is not only the slowest to show up on the scene, its officers are also more likely to stop innocent people, as a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union revealed in March. With 2,011 reported between 2014 to 2017, the precinct was one of five in New York City with the highest number of stop-and-frisks.