|PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT||
September 2, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SLCPD Releases Response Times for August 2022
SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the Salt Lake City Police Department released response times for August 2022, which showed the department average response time improve 14 minutes and 59 seconds when compared to August 2021.
Response times to calls for service is a metric the Salt Lake City Police Department is constantly striving to improve. Faster response times to calls for service can lead to increased crime clearance rates, probability of suspect apprehension and public safety.
Response times are variable across the country and are dependent on many complex factors that are distinctive to each city.
“We continue to monitor response times,” said SLCPD Chief Mike Brown. “This is one of several data points that help us make decisions about the use and deployment of resources. Despite an ever-increasing workload, our officers are getting to calls for service as fast and as safely as possible. This is a great example of the dedication each officer has while serving our community.”
In August 2022, the average response times were as follows (formatted as MM:SS):
Priority 1 – 11:27 an improvement of 06:07 from August 2021
Priority 2 – 19:38, an improvement of 04:12 from August 2021
Priority 3 – 1:00:20, an improvement of 26:17 from August 2021
The combined overall average response time, which includes all priority 1-3, for August 2022 was 40:33, an improvement of 14:59.
The department continues working with SLC911 and other criminal justice stakeholders to expand call diversion and online reporting.
In November 2021, the SLCPD Chief Mike Brown and Mayor Erin Mendenhall released an update to the 2021 Crime Control Plan to lower crime, improve response times, fill authorized staffing levels for sworn positions and to continue building community relationships.
The strategies outlined in the Revised Crime Control Plan include expanding recruitment and hiring efforts, developing a violent criminal apprehension team, implementing the civilian response team, expanding the department’s call diversion program and its online reporting capabilities.