Lodi Police Department … What Is Your Emergency?

IMG_0935 - 2I attended a meeting recently where a member of the public said they called the police twice to report a disturbance and no one showed up to handle the call. It sounded far-fetched and after a few follow-up questions we figured out it was another department, not LPD. That discussion led me to look into what types of calls our officers are handling in the city and how fast they are responding to them.

Lodi P.D. handled almost 42,000 calls for service in 2012. That’s an average of 115 calls per day. Now keep in mind calls come in various shapes and sizes. There are the traditional ones where a person phones 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number to report something that they feel the police should be aware of. Sometimes people call 9-1-1 for the weather forecast or to ask what time they shoot off the fireworks at the lake, but that’s the subject of another column.

There are the “self-initiated” calls where an officer makes a traffic stop or contacts a person walking down the street. Reports also come to us through the LPD website. It saves you time and gas money if you report a non-emergency incident or something you need for insurance online.

Our employees also took 1,600 reports over the phone.

People walk into to the lobby of the police department each day to report something or have someone sign off a fix it ticket.

IMG_0091 -1The 42,000 calls last year were handled by police officers, traffic officers, dispatchers, animal services officers, code enforcement officers, reserve police officers, cadets, and volunteers.

What types of calls do you think we handled the most in 2012? Take a guess. Burglary? Thefts? Nope. Our officers responded to almost 6,700 disturbance calls during the year. Those are the people slugging it out, the guy with the loud stereo next door, or the gang fight in the park.

Number two in the call parade was “suspicious circumstances” incidents. These 6,100 calls were usually something like a guy hanging around the neighborhood who seems out of place. Or the person comes home to find the front door unlocked and they want an officer to check the house to make sure it’s safe. Or the reporting party was unable to give the dispatcher enough information to classify the call as a certain type of crime before they dispatched officers to it.

IMG_4033 - 1Our officers made almost 5,000 traffic stops last year. That’s where they turn on the blue and red lights to stop a car, motorcycle, or truck. In addition, they conducted 1,800 pedestrian stops and 600 bicycle stops. Those stops were usually people with warrants, suspects wanted for something, folks riding on the wrong side of the road or cutting across traffic, or someone being “suspicious.”

The out of the ordinary calls included 61 unattended deaths, 122 mental health evaluations, 163 explosives investigations and 355 civil cases. Our traffic services officer and officers on light duty signed off the 553 fix-it tickets in front of the police station.  There were 311 missing persons/runway cases and 400 incidents involving stolen vehicles. Our animal services officers handled almost 3,000 calls alone last year.

How long did it take an officer to arrive when someone called for assistance in 2012? It depends on what time of the day or night and how many officers are working that shift. Calls for service are divided into five categories with “high priority” calls being the most important. Those are incidents involving weapons and/or where someone is in danger. According to our response time report, less than five minutes went by from the time the dispatcher answered the phone to the time an officer arrived at a high priority call. The average “travel time” for the officers from the time they were dispatched to the call to when they pulled up at the scene was slightly less than two minutes.  There were certain times during the evening and early morning hours that the average time from when the officer received the call over the radio to when they pulled up at the disturbance was less than a minute.

I’m throwing a lot of numbers at you but I think they give you a little bit of idea of what your department was doing last year. And hopefully reassure you that if you call us, we will be there for you.

Lieutenant Chris Piombo
Lodi Police Department



3 thoughts on “Lodi Police Department … What Is Your Emergency?

  1. Lodi ca has changed a lot in 2 years. When we moved to town this was a nice place to live, even with the population size we have. Not so much any more. Those disturbance calls would a least get answered. This July 2014, with legalized fireworks they started going off in June and last night July 19, I watched 2 grown men, who should know better, lite off more fireworks at a public school. Lodi is turning to a trashy little town quickly. Maybe the police in Lodi just can’t keep up any more.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2014, 11:58 am
  2. Operating an emergency 911 Radio Dispatch Center is a major effort for sure. i like the idea of ” from receiving a radio call to pulling up at the reported location ” was less than a minute. Hardware n People performance 24×365 is a big undertaking. By your thoughts you have a good grasp of this task. i have been reading the Lodi news for over 4 years, ” knowing a Lodi area acquaintance “Edith L” on the internet. i have heard by internet story telling “alleged” that the prompt response to shots fired, or physical altercations has been quick and thought life saving. Just the reasonably quick response in Lodi, is much appreciated. .. i passed through your fine City on June 13th. had lunch at Scramblz, and got the winery map of surrounding Lodi. a real nice weather day, and the folks were so helpful, ” i may have a Canadian accent” i got photos, of Lodi, Acampo and Galt. all really nice. .. i know of what you speak in running a 911 Center, as i am a Hardware Systems designer and Dispatch integrator ” it is just all consistent hard work. Lieutenant Piombo, i have read a few of your thoughts in the Lodi Internet Paper, and they are all so Community Lodi safety and security. Your a very dedicated Officer. i commend you for your thoughts here. “rtg”

    Posted by Thomas GX (@BOMBOVA) | June 29, 2013, 9:44 pm
  3. Hi Lieutenant Chris, Thomas here of Vancouver Canada, i finally got to your fine City June 13th. my half day went all to quick, enjoying Lodi, Acampo and Galt. i put my eyes to the places i have heard of, chatting to a lady of the area. Edith has told me a lot, ” i really enjoyed the drive around ” , i think your doing a good job Chris, ” i follow the lodi news ” i may of even said on my fb page, for you to be recommended / groomed as a possible Police Chief. ” i did say that ” Cheers all, one fine place you have, ” i got the wine map of the area ” from School St.

    Posted by gerwingr | June 26, 2013, 11:57 pm

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