Concerns about police response times have turned into concerns about safety in Waterbury.
One state representative said she’s received numerous calls from families about the issue and tonight there is a public forum to address it.
That forum starts at 6 p.m. inside the gymnasium at Chase Elementary School. The public is encouraged to come.
State Representative Stephanie Cummings, who serves the 74th House District of Waterbury’s East End and East Mountain neighborhood, told NBC Connecticut over the last few months that she has received approximately 20 complaints from her constituents related to the response time it takes for Waterbury Police to arrive on
"Some of the situations are you know people will get into fender benders and they’ll have to wait hours for the police to come. Now that situation, as terrifying as it must be for the person encountering it they may not realize what else is going on within the city," Cummings said.
Jesenia Morales of Waterbury said police response time is a concern she has.
"One time my fiancé got in a car accident we called the cops at like 7 at night and they didn’t get there until almost 2 in the morning," Morales said.
Now, Cummings is teaming up with the department to make sure everyone’s concerns are heard.
"I was able to coordinate with Chief Riddick and Deputy Chief Apicella a community forum where people will be able to come and hear a presentation from the chief and deputy chief and have their complaints heard," she said.
Police said they will address some of those concerns by presenting information on why people may be seeing longer response times.
They will also discuss what is happening to fix the issue.
NBC Connecticut reached out to police who would not comment until after tonight’s meeting.
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