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DENVER -- An audit released Thursday showed the Denver Police Department's response to a woman's 911 call was "not outside the norm." Even though that is the case, an audit also shows Denver needs more police officers and the city needs them now.

The Denver Auditor's Office released two reports looking at overall response times in 2013 and the response time in the call by Kristine Kirk, who was shot and killed in April. Her husband, Richard Kirk, is charged with her murder.

In 2013, Denver Police officers respond on average to 911 calls in 14.3 minutes. In the case of Kirk, the first officer arrived in a bout 13 minutes.

"Overall, it appears that the Denver Police Department’s (DPD’s) response time of approximately 13 minutes to arrive at 2112 South St. Paul Street in response to the incident on April 14, 2014, is not outside the norm," the report by Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher said.

READ: Kirk Response Report

Kristine Kirk called 911 because she said her husband was hallucinating after eating a marijuana edible and prescription medication before shooting her, court records show.

Response times are up since 2008, going from 11.4 minutes to 14.3 minutes for Priority 0-2 calls and 20.5 minutes to 23.3 minutes for Priority 3-6 calls. Gallagher attributes that mostly to the size of the police force, which has shrunk by about 225 officers since 2008.

READ: 911 Response Audit

Later Thursday, Police Chief Robert White released a letter in response the audit.

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7 comments

  • Robert Gift

    So.rry that she did not run away and call from somewherelse.
    Even if Denver police could have arrived sooner, could they have prevented her murder?
    Upon arrival it takes time to discern what is happening and find where the incident is occurring in the unknown interior of the house.

      • annpirie

        Never. Not ever did anyone imagine this would turn out to be what it is. She called 911 to get medical help with his hallucinating. She did not call because her life was in danger and she feared being murdered.

  • annpirie

    “Cutting the main artery” is every surgeon’s nightmare. Not being able to safe every single one of us is a police officer’s nightmare. Robert Gift is absolutely correct in his analysis . . . nothing could have saved her because his getting the gun in the first place was so out of the realm. Shooting her, unbelievable.

  • Codswallop Hogwash

    This is pathetic. 14 minutes to respond??? Who is watching the store?
    WHEN SOMEONE CALLS IN AN EMERGENCY, THE FIRST THING THE DISPATCHER NEEDS TO DETERMINE IS THE IMMEDIACY OF THE PROBLEM, THE SECOND IS TO GET THE CLOSEST COP CAR THERE ASAP.
    Perhaps that is too difficult for these dummies.

    • annpirie

      NO ONE KNEW AT THE ONSET, INCLUDING THE MOTHER, HOW TIMELY THIS BECAME. IT WAS A DONE DEAL THE MINUTE HE APPEARED WITH THE GUN, UNBEKNOWNST TO THEM. AM I YELLING LOUD ENOUGH FOR YOU!!!

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