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What’s the number for 9-1-1 ?

911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.  …

I feel horrible for this woman.  And for any crime, fire or accident victim.  But, I’m reminded of the old Amex commercial with Karl Malden.  “What will you do?  What will you do?”

Karl Malden

Karl Malden

911 service (or it’s equivalent) is well-prevalent in the modern world.  And, it’s nice that our tax dollars have set up a system of brave and competent first responders to react as agents of government to help should that become necessary.

But, the system isn’t foolproof, nor is it a panacea.  Nor does it remove personal responsibility.

Keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher in your home and car.  Know how to use them!  Obviously, I expect all responsible adults to own firearms, with the same caveat.

“When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”

h/t Maddened Fowl

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “What’s the number for 9-1-1 ?

  1. Or if you are a soldier in merry olde england and you are getting your head chopped off, the coppers are only NINETEEN minutes away.
    BTW – the dispatcher was on the phone for 10 minutes prior to the sexual assault taking place – what did she do then – hang up? This is the sort of stuff that happens when individuals cede their personal safety and well being to bureaucrats.

    Posted by GomeznSA | May 25, 2013, 10:55 am
    • By law, the police aren’t actually required to protect you. It’s a public service, but not a public right. One has to learn to protect oneself as best they can.

      A perfect example. Years ago I was chatting with my friend William the Coroner (who is greatly missed to this day) on the phone and Barkley came rushing through the room knocking me over, the phone flying out of my hand. And breaking. William couldn’t get a hold of me, only heard a little yelp and silence and called the police. I lived 2 and 1/2 miles from the station. They showed up 20 minutes later. I presented my ID, told them what happened and thanked them, but it was a eye opener.

      Posted by Brigid | May 25, 2013, 3:12 pm
      • Exactly!
        There was even a court case a few years back. Someone sued because cops on surveillance didn’t stop a crime they weren’t watching for.
        The constabulary can’t be on every corner, nor would most folks want them to be.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | May 25, 2013, 7:28 pm
    • Well said!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | May 25, 2013, 7:25 pm
  2. Great post.

    Posted by Forrest | May 26, 2013, 9:01 pm

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