What do you expect, after you’ve defunded the police?


Clearly, the liberals and progressives who’ve embraced defunding and inhibiting the police and other emergency services didn’t think about how – or whether – they would be able to do their jobs with less funding.

New York City first responders are taking longer to get to fires, medical emergencies and crimes in progress.

Critics blamed the potential deadly surge in response times on serious staffing shortages in the NYPD and FDNY.

As the Police Department continues to deal with spikes in major crimes and a mass exodus of cops, response times to all “crimes in progress” during the past fiscal year ending June 30 increased from 11 minutes and 40 seconds to 12 minutes and 44 seconds – or 9.1%, according to Mayor Adams’ first management report.

In fiscal 2019, which predated the COVID-19 pandemic and the many new challenges it to brought citywide, the average response time was 9 minutes and 55 seconds.

The Fiscal 2022 Mayor’s Management Report released late Friday – which covers the highs and lows of all city agencies during the final six months of ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the first six of Adams’ – also highlighted a serious uptick specifically in response times to armed robberies, burglaries and other “critical crimes.”

Cops on average responded off 911 calls to these crimes in 8 minutes and 26 seconds, compared to 7 minutes and 52 seconds a year ago.  In fiscal 2019, they arrived on average in 6 minutes and 38 seconds after a 911 dispatcher fielded the call for help.  

Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Queens), who chairs the fire and emergency management committee, blamed de Blasio’s progressive policies for helping nudge many cops who felt “disrespected” into early retirement and leaving the NYPD short-staffed.

“We need to fix this because without public safety, you have nothing,” she said Saturday. “People’s lives are in danger.”

Combined response times by FDNY ambulances and fire companies to “life-threatening medical emergencies” were up 46 seconds on average in fiscal 2022 – or 8.7% — to 9 minutes and 30 seconds, the report says.

There’s more at the link.

It’s important to realize that emergency responders – police, ambulance, fire, etc. – are all interconnected in responding to a crisis.  If you’re shot during a street holdup, you don’t only need the cops to protect you, but also an ambulance to get you to treatment as quickly as possible, and possibly the fire department to clear wreckage and/or fight fires caused by the incident.  It’s surprising how often all three services are needed.

Now, look at the times concerned.  An “average response time” of 12¾ minutes doesn’t say much in and of itself;  but if you’ve been shot two or three times, and are bleeding steadily on the sidewalk, that much delay might make the difference between living and dying.  Worse, in a violent assault or rape case, how much damage do you think a motivated attacker can do in that much time?  I have personally witnessed a rioter kill another man with a broken piece of brick in less than 12 seconds from start to finish – rushing up, grabbing the brick off the ground, avoiding a defensive kick and blow from his victim, and slamming the brick brutally onto his head three times in rapid succession, as hard as he could.  The victim was dead by the time EMS arrived.  In fact, I think he was dead before his body hit the ground.  (His attacker then turned on someone else – but that person was armed, and stopped the attack right there.  He survived uninjured.  His attacker did not.)

This report concerned New York City, but there are many like it concerning other American cities.  Do your own research into average response times by police, fire and EMS in your area over the past few years.  Look into the rise in crime rates across the nation.  I’m willing to bet you won’t find an improvement in your area – rather the opposite.

Tucker Carlson addresses the issue.

Again and again and again I’ve urged readers to get out of cities.  This illustrates why I’ve said that so often.  It’s not going to get any better;  in fact, I foresee it getting much, much worse in the immediate future.  In fact, the murder rate in major US cities already outpaces Ukraine’s recorded civilian death rate.  Another report notes that “Murders rose 5% in 2021 compared to 2020; 44% compared to 2019“.  Don’t wait for that to get worse.

Plan to move, now, while you still can.  If you can’t, or if you have to visit a particularly violent and crime-ridden city, start figuring out how to avoid becoming a victim of crime, and/or how you will defend yourself against those who see you as prey – because if you don’t or can’t, you will become their prey.



  1. Fire-fighters and EMT, by policy, are not allowed to leave their rigs unless the site is "Secure". If the patient is a victim of violent crime then they cannot offer aid until a policeman has "secured" the site. It does not matter if the EMTs show up at a shooting in 15 seconds. They cannot render aid until AFTER the cop arrived and reviewed the site.

    1. Until the day I get to enter a scene fully armed and wearing body armor, the Po-Po goes in first. I will sit in my rig at staging a mile away and just wait. Sorry, my safety comes first, just the way it is. Hope you don't die in the mean time.

  2. With growing economic uncertainty, a NYC employee would be daft if they didn't take their lucrative pension as soon as possible.

    Many will move south where the tax burden, crime rate and cost of living are are all much lower than anywhere in New York.

  3. And Florida does not impose state income tax, giving a New York pensioner a 10% increase in his available income, vs staying in NY

  4. I think the NY Post has gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick; it's not the defunding. It's a lack of respect for G-d, for parents, etc. that's been taught to the kids by first the kiddie shows, then the teachers (who try to become in loco parentis in all things, at all times), then the politicians and the courts and the liberal media.
    Do I have to go on?

  5. As I've mentioned here, the quality of NY EMS isn't very good either, let alone the quantity. Working on the water with NY the closest port, I've mentioned here before that a plurality of cops in Brooklyn, at least, are uneducated morbidly obese women of color. There's just no nice way of saying that, but the cops are section 8 hoodbooger 300+lb single moms with uniforms. Crime scenes happen on second floors, sometimes, and on hills, and that negates the value of a significant percentage of the available police. Superman has kryptonite, the Brooklyn PD has stairs. Further, the education tells, or at least the attitude. I've interacted with local NYPD on several occasions, and all have been negative- this is 180 degrees from my experience anywhere else.
    3 years ago, I was on my way to the grocery store to 'grub up' for my barge for 4 weeks of food for us. There was a marathon crossing my route to a local grocery store between the Brooklyn piers and the store, and the road was closed. It was before 7am, dead quiet, few sun was up, nice day. I approached the barricade with no intention of crossing it, but to ask the cops about what the hell I could do or where I could go to either get around or get to another store. I got rushed by the ladies, hands on weapons, loud, domineering… I was never asked what I was doing or what I wanted, just got screamed at to back off and turn around and leave. I stopped, held my ground and said I needed help. The screaming intensified. They had no intention of helping me or listening to what I needed. THAT is exactly what angry women from the projects do, not cops.
    People are getting what they want. Good and hard. Let them, is my opinion. NY can burn and I'll buy marshmallows provided I survive getting away if the balloon goes up.

  6. As long as people fleeing the blue pestholes remember "You are a refugee, not a missionary." they will be welcome. The locust people, who vote for socialist crap until where they live is impossible to stand, then move somewhere else and vote the same way and start to destroy the new place, should just stay in their little utopia and stay out of Texas.

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