Burbank police said at a community forum this week that they’re continuing to look at ways to reduce response times that have reached an average of 20 minutes for non-emergency calls.
Part of that effort has included discussion of hiring more officers — something City Council members recently offered up as an option to alleviating what Police Chief Scott LaChasse has warned is a thinly stretched force.
The average response time for non-emergency calls in September was 20 minutes, 43 seconds, according to police. That figure has steadily increased in recent years — it was 12 minutes, 49 seconds during the same period in 2008.
Councilman David Gordon, one of the council liaisons to the Police Commission, said it was important for the department to have enough “boots on the ground.”
“I will push on the City Council to have resources for the Police Department,” Gordon said. “It’s not acceptable to see response times increase.”