Originally Posted by RichTempe
That might be your opinion, but the article specifically mentions:
"Their concerns aren't reflected in the Phoenix Police Department's dispatched calls for service in the surrounding area, which show nearly negligible increases since the light rail started running."
So while you personally may have seen an increase, it has not been reflected by the statistics.
It's not my opinion on fire department responses. The call load related to light rail has increased, period. It's a fact. If I'm responding to calls and citizens I've never responded to in the past, and now doing it at a high volume on a daily basis, it's a pretty obvious thing to notice.
Think of it this way, if a particular type of call has increased, yet calls as a whole have not increased in that area, that would tell us that other type calls have tailed off, right(and this ebb and flow occurs for a variety of reasons throughout the Valley)?
Another example of increased load would be the fire station in the first due of the Washington and 44th St connection to the Sky Train. Their call load in relation to that stop has increased dramatically. And it came at a poor time because that station used to house two trucks, but one was used to open a station in north Phoenix a few years ago. Now just one truck handles that increased load.
I've been doing this 3 decades, so I know how Phoenix has changed at the street level. I can't speak to whatever they've published in this article, nor how much politics may be behind what's bled out, but PD on the street tells me repeatedly the same thing has happened for them. And because they go on much of the same calls as us it's easy to see it firsthand, too.