Props to the Cops: “acted quickly and professionally and calmly diffused the situation”

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“Dear PoPville,

A quick prop to the cops in the first district this weekend. My wife and I were home late on Saturday night and we heard a man and women yelling down in an alley. We’re fairly high up in a large building and the couple were obscured in shadows so we couldn’t see them, but we heard the woman screaming like she was in pain and saying “stop”, so we called 911. To our astonishment, it took less than a minute for the first cop to arrive. The police acted quickly and professionally and calmly diffused the situation.

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  • This is nice to hear. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I were woken up around 3 am when we heard a man and woman arguing in the alley to my house. At one point, the woman started calling for help, so we called the cops. It took them EIGHT minutes to arrive, which is crazy because I live off of U Street and it was a Saturday night.

    Last week, I was again woken up to screams and it seems like it was a mugging. I called the cops and they never showed up…

    • It’s so hit or miss. To be fair, I don’t think that individual cops are non-responsive. More like the middleman isn’t able to consistently route calls to officers quickly.
      I live on U, and I basically cannot step out my door without tripping on a police officer. I realized a few years ago that it is more efficient in an emergency to ditch the 911 call and just walk outside and ask the nearest officer to help. I’ve only had to do that once but it worked perfectly – cops where on scene in about 60 seconds to handle this scary dude who was out of his mind on god-knows-what and threatening folks in my building. The cops literally ran to help. It was just a matter of getting them the information.

  • Isn’t it “defuse” in a case like this? As in defusing a live bomb?

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