To free up more officers to deal with the most serious crimes, 911 dispatchers will no longer send officers to attend calls deemed less pressing.
Chicago police are no longer responding in person to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault in a change aimed at freeing up officers to deal with more serious crimes.
According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the change came into effect on Sunday and also covers crime where the victim is "safe, secure and not in need of medical attention" and the offender is "not on the scene and not expected to return immediately."
Chicago authorities are hoping the change frees up more officers to attend to the most serious crimes, such as serious assaults and murders.
Georgas added that he did not think the change will be difficult for residents to get used to.
"It's a traumatic thing being the victim of a crime. This will be a little more convenient for them as well," he said. "They're still getting police service from a sworn police officer. But it's over the phone, and it's only in certain situations. Those officers are trained in what to ask. If certain things come up, they'll be able to transfer that back over to dispatch, and we'll immediately send an officer out."
However, some Chicago aldermen suggested the changes will prove difficult to accept for crime victims.
"I can understand if it's [to report] somebody spray-painted my trash can. But people want to see an officer when it gets up to a certain level of crime. They're setting the bar pretty high for police not to respond," said Alderman Scott Waguespack.
"When you're talking about someone's garage being broken into and you've had three or four neighbors with the same thing, people have an expectation of having an officer on location to assess the situation," he said. "If no officer shows up, they're going to assume it's going to keep happening. They'll feel this is scaling back even more. There'll be a lot of people angry."
I don't think experience really matters for a president. My point is that you can't really use his own words from 4 years ago against him.
1.20.2009 - The end of one error, and the beginning of another
When I lived there about 10 years ago someone broke in to my car and stole my stereo faceplate. They bent the door, broke the passenger window, and their crowbar or something put a hole in my dash. About $1,300 in repairs for a $75 faceplate!
F'ing police didn't even bother to come out. They took a report on the phone and mailed it to me.
Let's compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city's most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties.
Of course, out of 2.7 million people, only about 8000 have gun permits. Let's Ban Guns! Ban Guns!
This is really nothing new, many jurisdictions in my area have had to adopt a similar policy at various times in the past during budget cutbacks.
If there are no exigent circumstances, no crime in progress, and no danger then there is no reason why a report cannot be taken via the phone. Most of these calls are property damage or loss reports filed to be "on the record" for insurance purposes.
One wonders how many officers are assigned to "make work" types of assignments, or public relations, etc., that should be on the street doing what the public pays taxes for them to do.
Agreed. We were visiting Detroit. Basically the police built concrete bunkers in the worst parts of the city and people could go there to find protection (and lots of cops). Then the city cut the funding. Now you go into the concrete bunkers to find a phone (yes, a land line phone) and you can call the police to come and help you.
And good luck going to the police station for assistance. They have business hours now, no more 24/7 police stations.
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