When seconds count, the police may or may not show up

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911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts

CBS Seattle: An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.
Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”
The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.
“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio. The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”
Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident. “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”
The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.
The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”
Bellah pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sex abuse and assault.

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0 responses to “When seconds count, the police may or may not show up

  1. “police may or may not show up”
    Why be predictable? Leave them guessing! [Snark]

  2. Michael Joseph May

    How very true……..!
    As a male citizen, I have arrested someone in possesion of my vehicle which was reported stolen 2 days prior. The vehicle was spotted by an employee and he notified me and I immediately contacted the police, then that employee went home again and saw the vehicle again, and again the employee notified me and I contacted the police for that jurisdiction. The employee went home to go to sleep and saw the vehicle a third time and no police it was now 10:30pm 1 1/2 after the first call. I put on a pair of shorts and went out with my employee in search of the car, a 1971 Red VW Baja Bug with exposed engine and big fat tires with white spoke wheels. Going through an intersection we spotted it. We cautiously got behind the vehicle wondering what to do. We followed it for several lights wondering….”Now what?” Still no police in sight. Then we saw the exposed ignition wires on the rear engine vehilce. We were approaching the City of Poughkeepsie NY Police department. The driver of the stolen vehicle was unaware of who we where. Outside the police department the stolen car stopped at a red light and I took action by running to the back of the car and pulling out the ignition wires shutting down the engine. This occured on Rt 44/55 west bound. I had a 5 cell Maglite like what the police carried at the time (1985). Demanding the 2 individuals get out of the car and spread eagle against the car, which they did. There were no police anywhere. I sent the employee to the police departnent to get a cop. 10 minutes later he shows up with no one. City of Poughkeepsie Police said police were are there way. An additional 10 minutes (it seemed) later police cars began to show up, 1,2,3,4, then I heard a policeman say over the radio “I think we have enough cars.” So much for relying on police. BTW next morning a Gannet owned newspaper the Poughkeepsie Journal (urinal) said that POLICE arrested the individual with no mention of the truth.
    25 years later, now living in Palm Bay FL, 3 months after moving into our new home at 8am I see this guy stealing my nieghbor’s bicycle. I run out the front door with my cell phone and yell at him saying “what the h… are you doing man” and he stopped, ready to run after him and planning to knock him off the bike if he tried to escape. He did stop completely shocked he was caught like a deer in headlights. Told him to put the bike back, which he did while I took a picture of him on my cell phone. He took off. I called the Palm Bay Police. An officer arrived. I told him what happened. i was informed they do not make out police reports for anything under $1000 dollars. Isn’t that cute! Told the story to my neighbor when they returned from work. The owner of the house is a woman. She couldn’t believe that no report thing so she went down headquarters and had them make out a report.
    There are several other first hand examples I could share but you get the point. Protect yourself! Police will appear normally AFTER the fact. You are responsible not the police. Use good sense but don’t expect superman to appear.
    My wifes youngest sister has not been heard from for 9 months. Never has this occured. Facebook account was deleted. 2 cell phones still show active but with no activity. No response from live email accounts. Individuals who saw her last won’t talk. Here’s the big deal on this one, this occured in Madrid Spain. She is a Romanian citizen. Madrid Police say “talk to the Romanian Embassy” in Spain. The embassy said talk to Madrid police. I sent emails to INTERPOL headquarters in France…no response. I sent emails and voice messages to INTERPOL Washington DC. Eventually they responded and I was informed they only work with police and was directed to my LOCAL police department to fill out the report for a missing person……hmmmmmmm my local police? The same ones from the stolen bike incident. Not very comforting! Went there, told the whole story and then refered to the FBI. Called the FBI and was informed “no, we only work with police and was referred back to our local police. Ok,….oh boy……..we went back to our local police department, Palm Bay FL.. We were informed…very thoroughly,very politely, and very professionally that there just was no way for them to get involved. It was completely out of their control and there was no way to link jurisdiction. We were refered to possibly a congressman or senator to step in. Next week we are going to the Romanian embassy in Washington DC to talk in person.
    There are BIG problems with law enforcement and our view of how secure we all truly are. Be prepared to defend yourself! Typically, the police will be there to write the report after the fact. They cannot be in all places at all times.
    Plan to get a gun or whatever will give you the upper hand. Train, train, train to be in the right mindset and skills to use whatever it is that you will rely on and then continue to train. I swore that if I caught the guy who stole my car back in 1985 that I was going to beat him…….I never did…..the adrenaline was running and I did what I believe was the right thing and hold him for the police. Unfortunately, they let him go 1 or 2 days later because it was his first offense.
    Protect yourself!….Plan for YOUR survival…….Don’t think the government is able to provide for you or your families safety. It’s impossible.

  3. ” Can you ask him to go away?” 1st brilliant statement of article .
    ” Consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services “. 2nd brilliant statement of article .
    I guess it would have been un-p.c. to actually tell people in that press release the truth and tell them to arm themselves .

  4. Ammo is good… buy all you can.

  5. Why do so many of the 911 operators sound and act like Affirmative Action recipients?


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