A series by The New Orleans Advocate/WWL-TVhas uncovered New Orleans police are taking more than three times longer to respond to a typical call than they did in 2010 as the department faces a crushing backlog that leaves callers waiting hours or even days for an officer to arrive. And it?s not just run-of-the-mill theft and petty burglary reports stuck in the queue.
The New Orleans Police Department has taken pains to prioritize violent crimes, but a depleted force means cops are struggling to respond quickly to domestic disturbances, shootings and even murders.
How is this affecting New Orleans residents? Will the situation improve or get worse?
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