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Chicago police scale back on responders to 911 calls

The 911 call center is scaling back the number of police responders to focus on more serious crimes.

With this move, officers will no longer be sent out to burglaries and car thefts where the offender is no longer at the scene and the victim is not in immediate danger.

mccarthypoliceThe department is hoping to free up 44 officers a day.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said before this decision, Chicago police responded to about half of 911 calls compared to 30-percent in most cities.

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10 Comments to “Chicago police scale back on responders to 911 calls”

    Ryding said:
    February 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Police have to become more visible. I would prefer my tax dollars went to more police instead of bike lanes.

      chi85 said:
      February 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      What have bike lanes ever done to you? I use them everyday and think we need even more. Chicago police have been worthless for awhile. Look at the map for these serious crimes.. if gang members want to kill themselves more power to them.

    pagan69 said:
    February 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Another brilliant move by someone cowering behind 2” of glass and armed guards.

    Kaka said:
    February 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    911 is now useless

    Sher said:
    February 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    So how do you know intruders are gone and just not hiding? Hey wait I will go see – bang bang guess they were still here!

    jamie said:
    February 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    This seems really stupid….but what do I know…i'm just a now helpless citizen of chicago

    Guest said:
    February 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    …just another means for McCarthy and Rahm to manipulate the statistics. have you ever tried to file a report through their Alternative Response Unit?

    Jay Boney said:
    February 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I didn't realize people called 911 for NON EMERGENCY issues!!!! Duh, about time CPD is responding to REAL 911 calls. Another issue: I didn't realize people went to the EMERGENCY ROOMS for NON EMERGENCIES!!! SMH!

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