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Edmonton Police Wait Times

Yesterday I called police at 9:30 am. Someone was getting violent and threatening me. I was in no immediate danger. Police showed up at 11:00 pm. 13 1\2 hours latter.
Is this the norm for wait times?

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  1. Jodi Flatt Jodi Flatt says:

    Cops have better things to do than settle your playground spats. Grow up and learn some interpersonal skills.

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  2. Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

    WOW not surprised happens to me here all the time, than someone tries to break into mailboxes and they are here with 6 cars, chopper and i mean seconds….lmao

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  3. They took so long based on the fact you were in no immediate danger ,I’m guessing.

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  4. Randi May Randi May says:

    If you’re in no immediate danger.. Wtf that’s like going to emergency for a hang nail.

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  5. That’s what happens. They’re there when you DONT want them, and they’re NOT there when you DONT need them. You’re better off getting violent with the person who is getting violent with you

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  6. I think it honestly depends on the side of the city. My mom was mid overdose on perscriptions. 3.5 hrs later they call to see if i need them. And we had already got her safe. *northside* someone raiding backyards on the southside 30min!!

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  7. Lori Balmer Lori Balmer says:

    That’s just ridiculous whether or not your in immediate danger or not they should respond quick

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  8. When I was 18 there was a person who broke into and was in my apartment robbing me. I called the police, 2 am, waited around 15 minutes before taking a bat to the thief, thief ran away and only got a few things. I cancelled the police after a 9 hour wait. It’s been 10 years and I still wouldn’t rely on them for anything.

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  9. I was in no immediate danger. Well then, there’s your answer.

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  10. Celia Mairi Celia Mairi says:

    That’s about normal if you’re not in immediate danger.

    Got into a serious crash and was knocked out behind the wheel they were there in 3 minutes according to my accident report.

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  11. I called for a noise complaint about 2 weeks ago- no one has responded yet…lol not even a follow up!

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  12. But if you pick a flower out of your neighbors garden they would be there right quick.

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  13. April Snow April Snow says:

    There are more imminent crimes being committed and they are to attend those first. It’s much like triage in an emergency room. Bottom line, feeling like what has happened to you is more important than the crime where someone has actually been victimized in reality is ridiculous. Threats of violence will NEVER rank above actual violence.
    Better communication and inter personal skills goes a long way in helping you to not feel or even get victimized.

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  14. Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

    Hey you all we don’t know if this is a man or woman and maybe double size, why do you need to have such neg thoughts like really….they are here to protect us…what if this person couldn’t get to the phone if it was a emergency like really. This does hit hard when i see someone posting about cops as a few years ago some drunks were fighting and punching holes in the building i run, i called 911 not once but 3 times they never did come as they said unless you were in danger we can’t get there its St. Patricks day like wtf

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  15. Ok so if you were in no danger why did you call them? I don’t get it, thought it was for an EMERGENCY situation that cops are called.

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  16. Rob Elger Rob Elger says:

    A buddy called the cops because two guys were kicking another guys head around like a soccer ball on the street, Whyte ave. 20 minutes later they got back to him to say they have no one in the area.
    That was during Mandel’s time after he promised more cops on Whyte.

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  17. Cari Sware Cari Sware says:

    Police in Edmonton are busy unfortunately. They prioritize response based on the information they have. An easy way to lighten the load is to make your own arrangements after a non-injury collision. If there’s no damage to public property you can exchange driver info, take photos and get witness statements if possible. Arrange for your own tows if required and report to a police station on your own. Fault is decided by insurance companies not police, so waiting for them just to report the damage doesn’t really benefit you. If you’re unsure if your collision circumstances apply just phone and ask.

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  18. They are busy writing speeding tickets, peoples safety isn’t really a concern.

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  19. If you aren’t in danger you are not a priority. I had to call them on Sunday night at 10:50pm because a women who was very high was rubbing around me neighbourhood almost naked and was walking in the middle of the road they arrived at 11pm.

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  20. Need help over the holidays? Call this guy…he’ll be over faster then you can say free beer!!!

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  21. Ange Freer Ange Freer says:

    Noise complaints and non violent incidents are the lowest of priorities for the EPS. I have neighbours that party 3-4 times a week until 0430-0500 in the morning. Drunk and acting a fool. Yelling and carrying on with windows and doors wide open, keeping everyone awake within the general vicinity. I have YET to see the cops show up. Does this disrespectful behaviour infuriate me? You’re damn rights it does!!! Do I think it would make a lick of difference IF the cops did show up to address this perpetual problem? Absolutely not! It might work for the remainder of the night, but given 2 days, and the inconsiderate fucks would be right back at it.

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  22. If you’re not in immediate danger, you are supposed to call the non emergency line and go down and fill out a report. If it’s something you can deal with on your own, do so. Its like going to emergency; don’t go if you have a cold. Our police are understaffed and even for serious offenses, they don’t have the manpower to deal with it all.

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  23. probably because you weren’t in immediate danger. How is this an emergency???

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  24. If you aren’t in immediate danger or it isn’t an emergency situation you can go to the police station in person and do a report there I believe. That saves the police time to focus on the collisions, crimes in progress, more urgent things we know are overloading their staff. Good luck with your situation.

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  25. Be thankful they even came at all!

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  26. Victor Diaz Victor Diaz says:

    That’s what happens when you rely on another person to keep you safe.

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  27. Without knowing the specifics of this particular call, officers are dispatched based on the priority of the call. This priority is based on the information provided to the police by the person calling and/or other witnesses. If a person is in immediate danger of injury from an ongoing incident, then its a high priority. If property is in the process of being damaged, and a high priority response would prevent further damage to property then it would be the next level of priority. If a person reports a crime and are in no immediate danger then officers will be dispatched once all higher priority calls are dealt with. Calls of the same priority level, will be dealt with in time received order, unless a supervisor deems otherwise. The issue may be, that there are only so many officers available in a rapidly growing city, where call volumes may be increasing. Now these are my personal views and not those of any agency.

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  28. Yes, I reported a crime, Officer’s took all day, when I questioned why, “WOW”, you wouldn’t believe what was going on in our city and neighborhood, never will I question again! Unless it was an absolute 911!

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  29. Kole Dupe Kole Dupe says:

    You weren’t immediate danger so that’s the reason

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  30. Did you call the complaint line or 911 response times vary significantly depending on which number er is called.

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  31. Irene Bakker Irene Bakker says:

    If not then ur waiting

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