Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:16 PM
Liberal_in_LA (39,908 posts)
Chicago - cops will no longer physically respond to all 911 calls
Chicago Dials Back on 911 Responses
Dispatchers Won't Send Police to Minor Incidents So They Can Work on Reducing Number of Homicides
CHICAGO—Police here stopped physically responding to some 911 calls for non-life-threatening issues this week so officers can focus on stemming the city's rising homicide rate, a strategy that other big cities have implemented with sometimes controversial results.
Under the new policy, dispatchers will route 911 calls reporting non-criminal complaints or crimes in which no one is in imminent danger, such as some car thefts and simple assaults, to desk officers who will fill out police reports by phone. The new policy prohibits callers from insisting an officer be sent to the scene, as was allowed before.
The Chicago Police Department says it now expects to handle about 151,000 police reports by telephone this year, or about 30% of their total, roughly twice as many as last year. The department estimates the new approach will free the equivalent of 44 officers a day in a force of roughly 12,000 officers.
The move is the latest effort by Chicago police to combat the city's homicide rate. The city had 506 murders in 2012, the highest since 2008, and last month was the deadliest January since 2002. Late last week, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy pulled 200 officers from administrative positions to teams focused on preventing gun violence and gang crimes.
"I'm less concerned about backing up the radio and more concerned with violence on the streets," Mr. McCarthy told city councilors last year when the 911 policy was being discussed. "We have to handle calls for service, but…I have to make policy decisions that are going to free those officers up to stop the violence," he said.
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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:50 PM
winstars (1,947 posts)
4. Friend got his car stolen in Queens NY several years ago, the cops said to come to the station
house to file a report, my friend had to TAKE A CAB THERE...