New Orleans police's response times have skyrocketed in the last three years, going from 51 minutes to two-and-a-half hours on average, according to new data presented to City Council this week.

It's no surprise that those numbers have gone up as the number of NOPD officers goes down, WWLT reports.

"These younger officers, they're working patrol, they come on and it's all backlog, backlog, backlog," crime analyst Jeff Asher said. "It's just constantly trying to swim to catch up."

NOPD officials said the data presented Wednesday is "incomplete." According to police, the data should focus on NOPD's emergency response times rather than their response to all calls for help.

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