NOPD: Emergency response times improve dramatically

NOPD: Emergency response times improve dramatically

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department claims progress in officer response times, an area that drew strong criticism.

The department says the amount of time it takes an NOPD officer to respond to an emergency has dropped in every police district in the city over the past year.

According to a department news release, Supt. Michael Harrison made reducing police response times a top priority late last year.

New data from the NOPD shows a department-wide average of just under 11 minutes compared to more than 16 minutes in 2015.

In the 7th District, the average has been cut in half from 31 minutes last year to 14 minutes in 2016.

Some of the improvement can be chalked up to more officers on the street. The department has also worked create ways for some non-violent property crime reports to be handled by phone.

To explore the new data for yourself,  click here to utilize the NOPD's Max data tool.

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