Thursday, July 06, 2006

Annoyed with 9-1-1

I was walking home after checking out the status of the Tireman Road Bridge for another post, when I saw a drug deal happen on Ashton.

Being the concerned citizen/born trouble-maker that I am, I snapped a couple of digital photos of the dealer and his customer. I also called 9-1-1 from my cell phone to report it to the police. I knew these dealers tended to leave quickly so I wasn't expecting them to get there to make an arrest on the spot.

But I was suprised by what happened.

The dealer left the scene while I was still on the phone with the 9-1-1 operator. I mention this to her and started giving a description of the dealer, his car and where he was headed. That was when she said that there was nothing they could do.

Since the dealer drove off after the minute or so that it took him to complete that transaction, the 9-1-1 dispatcher told me that there was nothing that could be done - even though I had license plate number of the dealer and everything else.

I've lived in other cities and I know that this isn't the norm. In most other cities, the dispatcher would have relayed this information to patrol cars in the area so they could be on the look-out for him when he does his next deal. (I saw him turn south on Faust from W. Warren so I guess that's where his next deal happened.)

Anyway, I sent a letter to Mayor Kwame Kilpatick and Chief Ella Bully-Cummings in which I epxressed my disappointment. If/when either of them respond to me, I'll be sure to post it here. Until then, you can read my letter here.


canoecarver said...

In early spring, there was plenty of drug trafficking right in front of my house. Buyers were actually sitting in front of my house waiting for the dealers to show. Every time I was home, I would go outside and tell them to take off. They always listened and I never had any problems. Every time I saw the dealers, who were driving a beige Jeep Cherokee, I would also call 911. I was never told there nothing they could do. The dispatcher did take the description and license plate number every time I called, which was practically daily for a few weeks. The police would show about 1 to two hours later, and of course, the transaction had long been completed. I have to say though that my constant calling did some good, because there are no more illegal transactions in front of my house. I think everyone got the point that I wasn't about to let this continue, at least not in front of my house. If everyone in Warrendale did the exact same thing, harass the dealers, and buyers, and call 911 non-stop, things will change, it did on my street. It sounds like you got a lazy dispatcher. I have been told by police that some of them are low-paid and rather non-responsive. Don't let that bad experience lead you to believe that they are all indifferent. Keep calling, every time there is an incidence. I wouldn't hold your breath for a response from Kwame or his puppet.

automattic said...

Hello, I am a Warrendale resident myself and I dont think that it is a good idea to be taking pictures of suspected drug dealers. It could mean big trouble for you. I hope they didnt see you.

FrankNemecek said...

Yes, it could mean big trouble. I'm painfully aware of it.

However, I'm also annoyed with DPD and the Mayor enough that I'm willing to take that risk - at least once.