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Raw Interview: Chief Flynn reacts to slow 9-1-1 response times

CREATED Oct. 18, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 19, 2011

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  • Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

MILWAUKEE - Police Chief Edward Flynn is weighing in on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's investigation into slow 9-1-1 response times. 

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's John Mercure has been examining the long wait times residents have experienced while waiting for police officers to show up. 

"Obviously, we would like to handle every emergency call as quickly as we can. In reality we don't," Chief Flynn said.  "I'm not going to pretend that there are times when our service delivery level doesn't meet our own expectations."

"But the public needs to know this is a rare resource measured against an almost infinite demand for it."

Flynn was asked by John Mercure about how others view his leadership. Flynn calls Alderman Donovan wrong for thinking that police response times are a low priority. Flynn says his priority is to reduce crime, fear and disorder in the community.

In 2009, UWM student Nathan Potter was shot and killed in the Riverwest neighborhood 40 minutes after someone called 9-1-1 to report suspicious people in the area. Potter's parents claim Flynn isn't doing enough to crack down on the crowd.

Flynn said he is sorry for the Potter's loss, but adds that crime is down, under his proactive policing strategy.

Click here to hear audio, view documents, and read stories of John Mercure's investigation into Milwaukee's response time.