Police use a litany of 10 codes to communicate with dispatch and others. There are various websites which attempt to de-mystify them. They can vary by state and even agency prompting some to question their use at all.
On this site a 10-48 was defined as “10-48 not available for assignment/out for coffee or whatever”
It has not been reported why the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) took so long to respond to this call or what the actual responses were when the call was dispatched.
Imagine you live below an apartment where a 5-year-old child is allegedly being beaten so savagely you can hear the belt hit the child.The logical thing to do is the same thing you would do if your child were missing, call 911.
That is exactly what the neighbor did.
According to the JSO dispatch log that call was made at 5:20 p.m. on December 4, 2006. Within a minute, two different officers were sent to the scene.
Officer one is 5.4 miles away from Charter Landing Apartments. First Coast News has learned officer two, who is at Rogero and Ft. Caroline, is just over two miles away, but 14 minutes pass and there are still no police. Another call to 911 is made by another neighbor.“Jacksonville 911, how may I help you?” asks the dispatcher. The neighbor says, “Yes, I’d like to report a child being abused. Someone else called it in about 20 minutes ago and the police haven’t gotten here yet.”
Twenty-four minutes after that first call to 911, police arrive. According to the log, officer one, the one more than five miles away, is the first to the scene. While officer two, two miles away, arrives a minute later.
If the response is that slow to a child allegedly being beaten, why would you expect the response to be faster if your child where missing? In missing child cases, involving an abducted child, the abductor may travel a mile a minute. Any delay in responding could put the child at greater risk or hamper recovery efforts.
Incidentally, the child’s mother, Brittane Stanard, 21, and her boyfriend, Khalil Mabuyi, 25, are both charged with aggravated child abuse and are currently in jail.
Update: First Coast News
It was a priority one call, the most important. JSO says in priority one calls, the goal is to arrive in less than eight minutes. “Twenty four minute response at 5:20 in the afternoon, very busy part of town, traffic was bad. The officer, at the time he got the call, was writing a traffic citation,” says Chief David Stevens of JSO.
JSO could not tell First Coast News where the officer was located for that traffic citation.
How did JSO know traffic was bad in a busy part of town if they didn’t know where he was?
Update: First Coast News
Evidently there is a history of one of the officers not always responding.
The primary officer, we will call him officer one, was written up two years ago for not responding to calls.
According to the internal report, the official charge on the written reprimand is, “serious breach of officer safety.”
According to the reprimand, the officer was dispatched to assist or be back up on two different calls and instead of responding he did, “traffic stops.”
There’s another complaint in the reprimand of officer one being sent to a call and believed to be en route but “never showed up.”
The document also details how officer one showed up late to a call.
The last complaint in the written reprimand details how officer one was sent to a call, and while he was logged in as “en route” to the call, another officer saw him doing a traffic stop.
The initial 911 callers in the comment section referenced a “Dependency Case Management Flowchart” view the abbreviated PDF
There was also this curious comment from Brittane in 2004 prior to the U.S.S Kennedy being deployed.
Propped on a broom in the hangar bay, Brittane Stanard, a somber 19-year-old airman, said she will miss her family, especially her 2-year-old daughter, terribly. As for the deployment, she’s anticipating, “Honestly? Hell.”
Update: Two Sailors stationed on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy pled not guilty to aggravated child abuse charges. Stanard and her boyfriend (Mabuyi) are scheduled to be on trial together in April.
Update 02-22-07: An internal JSO investigation states one Officer was 2.9 miles from the apartment. He received a priority one call but ignored it.
Officer Gabriel E. Dobkin told Internal Affairs he has “had many of these type of calls involving children and parents,” and he believed this one to be, “routine and not life-threatening,” according to the report.
The officer also told investigators, “he didn’t remember ever hearing or reading about the victim being five years old,” saying it wouldn’t have mattered to him because he considered the call routine.
Update 06-15-07 The case against the sailors was apparently moved to the jurisdiction of the Navy and is believed to part of an on-going investigation by NCIS.
Update 06-21-07 Khalil Mabuyi sentenced while her court martial is pending.
The judge sentenced Mabuyi to 13 months in jail and a bad conduct discharge. As part of the plea deal, Mabuyi has to testify against Stanard
Update 07-03-07 First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Sailor and young mom Brittane Stanard, 21, was sentenced to sixteen months in jail for beating her five year old daughter.
Stanard pleaded guilty to the charges of battery of a child Tuesday in a court martial.