KREM 2 News investigates Spokane Police call volume

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by KREM.com & Hayley Guenthner

KREM.com

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE -- Last month KREM 2 News told you about a theft victim who caught up with some of his stolen property.  When the victim and his friend called police for help, officers were too busy to respond.  We looked into that claim by the Spokane Police Department.

The theft victim used the ‘Where’s my iPhone’ app to track his stolen property on July 29.  Records show the victim called 911 at 2:37 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.  We looked at Spokane Police records for that time.  They had 18 officers on duty, and in just one hour, they had almost 50 calls, many of which were serious.

“It takes two, three, sometimes four or more officers to handle it.  It really varies on the type of crime we’re dealing with, but it can burn up a lot of resources we don’t have,” said Spokane Police Captain Keith Cummins.

Spokane Police also said afternoons like that one are becoming all too common and that this is an example of how adding officers to the department will help.

The theft victim never got his property back.

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