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Proposed James City police zones seek to reduce response times

Proposed James City police zones seek to reduce response times

County police chief Brad Rinehimer has proposed increasing the manpower in his 98-person department because of concerns about increasing response times and call volumes in a growing county.

Average response times have crept up nearly a minute in the last seven fiscal years — from 6:19 in the county's 2009 fiscal year, to 7:14 in fiscal year 2016. Fiscal years in James City County begin July 1 and end June 30.

As response times slow, the number of calls requiring officers to respond also has increased. Two of the department's five police zones are responding to well above the 3,000 calls per year Rinehimer says his department can comfortably handle. He said in the last two...

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