*headdesk* oh it gets better. Read on my twisted little taters;
POSTED: 11:46 am PST December 31, 2009
McFarland Police Department Assumes Law Enforcement Function - Bakersfield News Story - KERO Bakersfield
McFARLAND, Calif. -- At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the McFarland Police Department will assume the law enforcement function in the city of McFarland.
The City of McFarland has been in negotiations with the city of Delano for dispatching services. As of Thursday, they have not reached an agreement.
Therefore all 911 calls will still come into the Kern County Sheriff's Communication Center.
They said they will take the necessary information and then call the McFarland Police Department and relay the information to them.
This will obviously cause a 2-5 minute delay in response. McFarland hopes to complete an agreement with Delano in the very near future.
Citizens of McFarland are encouraged to call 792-2121 which is the direct line to the McFarland Police Department.
In a true emergency, citizens may not have time to dial anything but 911. The Sheriff's Office will relay this information to McFarland Police as quickly as possible.
So let me get this strait... The McFarland PD up to this point DID NOT take calls?
If the person needing help doesn't call the direct line, McFarland Police will have to rely on Bako Sheriffs for their calls. And this will add 2-5 minutes to the already 2 hour response time. Unless of course someone is dead or dying then the response is 20 minutes. If you want help in those cases you still have to call an ambulance service or hospital directly.
Oh and this is the same county that just put a fence around their prison, which by the way GUTTED someone trying to escape in pretty much the same as the scene in the movie SAW. The man had to be cut out of it: Fence Keeps Lerdo Prisoners From Escaping
I'm so glad I don't live in Kern anymore. When my Mum's gall bladder went wonky on her a couple months ago (here in Tennessee) we had two cop cars, an ambulance and three fire trucks (including a ladder truck which we still laugh about) at the house in less than 10 minutes. All we asked for was an ambulance.