Dispatched Police Calls
What Are We Measuring?
The most basic building block of police data is the dispatched call. Most often it is the result of a request by a resident either through dialing 911 or by calling the communications division's non-emergency number. Communications Division staff translate that information into a Dispatched Call by sending an officer to the location involved. This goal measures the number of police calls dispatched on a weekly basis for 2019 and 2020.
The new Computer Aided Dispatch system for the Little Rock Communications Division came online at the end of 2020, so we have added a new dataset and measures built from the information we are now collecting from that new system. You can see that here.
Why Are We Measuring This?
Dispatched Calls give a glimpse into the activity level of the Police Department. Basic information on the type of call can be helpful in tracking trends and helping the LRPD to deploy its resources properly.
How Are We Doing?
In 2019, there were 150,827 Dispatched Calls, an average of more than 2,900 per week. Keep in mind, because it is a yearly average, the 2019 figure levels out any seasonal fluctuation. For example, the LRPD usually sees more dispatched calls during the warmer months.
In 2021 from January 1 through September 1, there were 114,676 Dispatched Calls. This is an average of around 3,200 calls per week, which is running higher than in 2019.