NYPD’s 911 Response Time Is Slower Now Than in 2007

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: A New York City Police Department car sits in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel November 10, 2005 in New York City. Security around New York hotels was heightened after terrorists attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan November 9 killing dozens and wounding over 200. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2005 Getty Images

It takes the NYPD an average of 8.4 minutes to respond to a 911 call, up from 7.1 minutes in 2007. Or it can take 20 minutes for the cops and ambulance to show up — as our crack Intern Emily found out yesterday — when you're calling because an old lady fell down the subway steps at City Hall and sliced her head open. The NYPD says slower response times are due to calls for :"noncritical" jobs such as graffiti. [NYP]