Auditor Says Deadly 13 Minute 911 Call Was ‘Not Outside the Norm’
DENVER, Colo. (KDVR) — An audit released Thursday showed the Denver Police Department’s response to a woman’s 911 call was “not outside the norm.”
The Denver Auditor’s Office released two reports looking at overall response times in 2013 and the response time in the call by Kristine Kirk, who was shot and killed in April. Her husband, Richard Kirk, is charged with her murder.
In 2013, Denver Police officers respond on average to 911 calls in 14.3 minutes. In the case of Kirk, the first officer arrived in a bout 13 minutes.
“Overall, it appears that the Denver Police Department’s (DPD’s) response time of approximately 13 minutes to arrive at 2112 South St. Paul Street in response to the incident on April 14, 2014, is not outside the norm,” the report by Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher said.
Kristine Kirk called 911 because she said her husband was hallucinating after eating a marijuana edible and prescription medication before shooting her, court records show.
Response times are up since 2008, going from 11.4 minutes to 14.3 minutes for Priority 0-2 calls and 20.5 minutes to 23.3 minutes for Priority 3-6 calls. Gallagher attributes that mostly to the size of the police force, which has shrunk by about 225 officers since 2008.