After a stabbed Oakland police officer almost died because his own 911 calls failed to connect, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit revealed Oakland has the second worst 911 answering time in the state where it’s not uncommon for callers to get busy signals.
Months of reporting revealed a deeply broken 911 system and a state agency that’s fallen egregiously behind on its oversight.
Following these investigations and a civil grand jury report, the state sent Oakland a notice and, in September, Oakland’s mayor announced a $2.5 million investment into the city’s 911 department.
There’s a 9-1-1 calling crisis, and in Oakland, it’s far worse than any other city, or even county, in the state. Investigative reporter Candice Nguyen brings this issue to city leaders.
The city of Oakland said a power outage caused the emergency communication center to go down for nearly 30 hours -- a report that came to light after NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit’s report. Candice Nguyen has been investigating Oakland’s 911 system for weeks and explains.
Out of the 450 911 call centers across California, CHP Golden Gate Division had the longest averaging answering time in the state in 2023, according to California Office of Emergency Services’ data analyzed by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. Candice Nguyen reports.
With industrywide staffing shortages, 911 answering times quadrupling mandated standards and more people saying they’re losing trust in their city’s ability to respond to emergencies, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit examined state and federal oversight of 911 centers. Candice Nguyen reports.
Oakland says it’s finally moving to address its failing 911 calling system. This action follows multiple NBC Bay Area Investigations and a grand jury report. Investigative reporter Candice Nguyen uncovered many of these issues, and has the latest.
While focusing on staffing issues plaguing Oakland’s failing 911 system, city officials recently confirmed they’re still sitting on millions of dollars’ worth of 911 technology purchased in 2018. Candice Nguyen reports.
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