Deputy Response Criteria

Many variables affect deputy response times, including the time of day the call is received, the volume of calls at a given moment, the number of deputies needed at a given call and the urgency of the call.

All requests for law enforcement services are assigned a priority code based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. At times, calls of less urgent nature are delayed so deputies can respond immediately to emergencies.

Deputies may not arrive immediately on the scene of a crime such as a robbery that just occurred where the perpetrator is making a getaway. In such a scenario, deputies could be working to cut off escape routes, securing perimeters of the area for K-9 tracking, stopping cars leaving the area and looking around streets and structures in an attempt to catch the perpetrator on the run. The urgency of this type of call is not in responding to the scene as much as it is to trap and catch the fleeing suspect.

We thank you for your patience and understanding if you happen to call during one of those instances when the responding deputy is delayed in responding to your call.