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Police response times longer in certain areas

Paul Goodsell and Lynn Safranek of the Omaha World-Herald examined 911 calls between 2000 and 2004 to find that "police took longest to respond to west Omaha calls. East of I-680, it took an average of 6 minutes and 31 seconds last year for the first officer to arrive on the highest priority calls. West of I-680, the average time was 8:28. The difference held true for priority two calls, which are less urgent and far more numerous. In the east, the average response time was about 11 minutes. In the west, 14 minutes." The gap between east and west widened in 2004 compared to earlier years.

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