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The Metropolitan Police Department was recently criticized in the local media for not responding to police calls in the downtown area rapidly enough. In several recent cases, alarms had sounded for break-ins, but by the time the police car arrived, the perpetrators had left, and in one instance a store owner had been shot. Sergeant Joe Davis was assigned by the chief as head of a task force to find a way to determine the optimal patrol area (dimensions) for their cars that would minimize the average time it took to respond to a call in the downtown area. Sergeant Davis solicited help from Angela Maris, an analyst in the operations area for the police department. Together they began to work through the problem. Joe noted to Angela that normal patrol sectors are laid out in rectangles, with each rectangle including a number of city blocks. For illustrative purposes he defined the dimensions of the sector as x in the horizontal direction and as y in the vertical direction. He explained to Angela that cars traveled in straight lines either
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  • Fall '19
  • Automobile, Rectangle, Horizontal plane, Vertical direction, Sergeant Joe Davis , Ie Business School

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