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While it is reasonable to want to know how long it will take for an officer to respond, there are several logistical and operational barriers that make it difficult for dispatchers to provide citizens with an estimated time of arrival (ETA).
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Officers always try to respond as quickly as possible; however, there are a number or factors that determine how long you may wait for an officer to respond. For instance, the number of incidents and priority of calls could delay the officer from responding to your incident immediately. The type, and priority of calls determine the response time as will the number of available officers in your neighborhood.
Due to the dynamic of constantly changing call volume, officer availability cannot be precisely estimated. Some calls may be resolved in just a few moments, while others require more thorough investigation and could take hours to complete.
When you call for assistance, whether you are reporting an emergency or a non-emergency situation, your incident is entered into our Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD) for tracking purposes. We verify your address, obtain your contact numbers, create a short summary of what is happening, determine the nature of incident, and assign a priority ranking to the call. These priority rankings are established by the local law and fire agencies.
Call volume in the 911 Communications Center fluctuates through the day. At any time, we can receive numerous high-priority calls, or perhaps a single call requiring multiple-officer response. Emergency calls always take priority and are dispatched first. Priority rankings are established by the local Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.
If you mistakenly reach 911, please do not hang up before the 911 Dispatcher answers the phone. The information from your phone still enters our system. If you aren’t on the phone when the Dispatcher answers, she or he will call you back. The time spent calling people back who have inadvertently dialed 911 takes time away from people who need emergency help.
Sarpy County Consolidated 911 Communications is able to accept 911 emergency text messages. Texting should only be used when you are unable to make a voice call to 911.