The Westfield Police Department responds to a wide variety of "calls for service." Some of the more common calls that police officers respond to are motor vehicle accidents, reports of theft, alarm activations, domestic disputes, and noise complaints. Westfield is broken down into four patrol districts with a car assigned to each district during each shift. It is not uncommon, when manpower permits, to have additional police units patrolling Westfield's neighborhoods.
Past practice has revealed that when a call for service comes into the dispatch center, the patrol unit covering the district that the call originated from, is sent to the address or location. It is not uncommon for a police officer to be busy with paperwork from an arrest, domestic dispute, motor vehicle accident, or other reason that would negate his/her availability to handle a non-emergency call such as a noise complaint or minor motor vehicle accident without injuries in his/her patrol district.
In such cases, if the police officer is busy and unable to handle the call for service in his/her district, another patrol unit would be summoned to cover the call.
|Mayor Andy Skibitsky|
No longer are patrol officers in other districts being dispatched to cover the non-emergency calls of another district, even if the other patrol officers are free to handle the call. Are Westfield taxpayers getting the most out of their money?
Is the command staff of the Westfield Police Department attempting to undermine Mayor Skibitsky's claim that Westfield must do "more with less?"
Why has past practice been thrown to the side at a time when resources must be allocated appropriately to support the Mayors claim?
So the next time the volume of your neighbor's stereo is blaring at a decibel that provokes you to call the police, it could be hours before the issue is addressed and it's not because an officer wasn't available.
Don't blame the police officer responding to the call, question the motive of the commanding officer that gave the edict.