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Police Response Times on the Rise According to a New Report

By Colby Hamilton | September 21, 2013 10:55am | Updated on September 21, 2013 1:07pm
 Police respond to an incident near East Broadway and Rutgers Street.
Police respond to an incident near East Broadway and Rutgers Street.
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CIVIC CENTER —  Police response times to serious crimes were longer last year than previous years, a new report from the mayor’s office released Friday showed.

It took cops an average of six seconds longer to arrived to shootings, rapes and assaults in progress in 2013 than in 2012, and 24 seconds longer than in 2008, when it was at just over four minutes, according to the Mayor’s Management Report.

"New York City remains the safest large city in the United States," said John McCarthy, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for public affairs.

"Last year, we had fewer murders than in any year in more than 50 years. Response times to critical crimes in-progress continue to be consistently low," he added, echoing a highlight of the report citing response times as 78 seconds faster than in 2001.

Overall, the response times for critical response are on average a minute and 18 seconds faster than the year before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office.

Additionally, in the other response time areas — serious and non-critical calls — average response times show either the same or a decrease in the average time from last year.