I just logged into my youtube account and realized that my original Detroit ghetto video, “A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto”, has reached 1 million views! To be honest, I haven’t been keeping up with my youtube videos or this blog as much as I used to, but I thought that 1 million views is worthy of an update here. Here’s a link to the video, but if you follow this blog at all, you’ve already seen it.
I was watching the news last night when an interesting story about Detroit’s 911 call center came on. The following was taken from myfoxdetroit.com:
Inside Detroit’s 911 Call Center
By SIMON SHAYKHET
DETROIT – Most people will never get to see the inside of the Detroit 911 call center. So, what really happens when you call 911 from your phone? We’re asking the tough questions.
It can feel like a roller coaster. Thousands of calls for help pouring in every day.
“In 45 minutes, I’ve gotten a hundred calls,” said Annette Day.
She is one of the best. Day is also one of 16 to 20 working during a typical shift at the call center, which averages 1.7-million calls each year.
“I believe we have made several improvements over the past couple years, and we’ll continue to,” said Detroit Police Commander Russell Decrease.
The improvements, such as quality monitoring, come at a time of tough criticism; citizen reports of hour long waits and being placed on hold.
However, ask these workers and you get a different story. Their numbers show only 30-percent of the calls they get are actual emergencies. As for the rest…
“Of those 70-percent, over half of them are prank calls,” Decrease said.
Also, factor in the false alarms coming from businesses. Then consider a call on a stolen car competing with danger to human life.
“Every time another run comes in where somebody’s life or safety is in danger, that run is going to wait longer,” said Decrease. “If somebody gets the recording, they will hang up. When they hang up, they don’t realize that they instantly go to the back of the line again.”
“We do care about them. We are working hard here to help service them and get them the help they need,” Day said.
However, she admits they need more hands on deck.
“We don’t have enough operators. We don’t have enough police or EMS (techs),” said Day.
The city is hiring 15 more operators this month. They still claim a two to three minute dispatch time for life threatening calls, and less than ten minutes from that to a unit on scene anywhere.
I just wanted to give you guys an update on the next Detroit Ghetto video. The truth is, I haven’t even transferred the video from my camcorder to my computer yet. The last few months have been a blur with the death of my mother and now a cross-country move is fast approaching. I am in the process of selling my house in Florida and will be moving back to the Detroit area in mid April of this year. Hopefully this move will be as temporary as possible, I don’t want to have to be up there any longer than I have to. I love the Michigan summers but the rest of the year I personally find very dismal and depressing… cold weather and gray skies for 8 months out of the year just doesn’t do it for me.
This video will get done eventually, it just hasn’t been a priority for me lately.
I will leave you with this though:
That’s right… Obama Gas”. I took these pictures while filming part 4 this past December. Only in Detroit!
I just wanted to give everyone an update on the next Detroit ghetto video. I filmed it last week and got some great footage, and also tracked the route on my GPS which will hopefully (providing I am able to figure it out, editing KML files is new to me) be turned into a google earth tour so that you can see where exactly I went. I got some footage in the Packard plant as well as an abandoned high school, in addition to the usual residential devastation.
I really don’t know when I will be able to find the time and motivation to edit it all as I lost my mother on New Year’s Day, just hours before I was supposed to fly back home. It’s been an incredibly tough time for me this past week and to be honest, editing this video is not ranking real high on my list of priorities at the moment, I’m sure you all understand. I just wanted to say that it has been filmed and I will get it up here as soon as I can.