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Where and why Houston police response times have slowed – and what to do about it

Houston Chronicle investigative reporter MIke Morris and retired HPD Captain Gregory Fremin offer insight.


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Last week, a report from the Houston Chronicle's Mike Morris and Clare Fonstein showed how the Houston Police Department's response times have been slowing over the years – especially so to calls on the south side – notably communities like Sunnyside, Brookhaven, and South Union.

The Chronicle investigation cited a number of possible reasons from staffing and resources, to even a contract that's designed to help police in southeast Houston.

In the audio above, we discuss why it's happening and what might be done about it with Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Mike Morris, and Gregory Fremin, a lecturer at Sam Houston State University. Fremin is also a retired Houston Police Department captain, who shares his personal experience navigating competing priorities and limits in staffing and resources, which he says helps explain the slowed response times.

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Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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