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Chicago police no longer responding to all 911 calls

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Chicago police no longer responding to all 911 calls

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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.

Instead of sending officers, 911 dispatchers have been told to transfer the calls to the Chicago Police Department’s Alternate Response Section, which is staffed by officers on light duty.

In 2012, the Alternate Response Section dealt with 74,000 reports. Victims of crime had the choice of filing a report over the phone or requesting that an officer attend in person when one was available. That number of reports is expected to double, but the choice of asking for an officer to attend will no longer be available.

The change is expected to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day.

Dispatchers have reportedly been told to transfer calls if "the offender is gone, not expected to 'return immediately' and an officer is not needed for a prompt investigation; an officer on the scene would 'not result in an immediate arrest'; and the victim is safe, secure and not in need of medical attention."

The Sun-Times goes on to quote Chicago Deputy Chief-of-Patrol Steve Georgas, who said police forces throughout the United States are looking for ways to become more efficient.

"This is just a little piece that we think is going to help us in keeping cops up and free for patrol work. I don’t think we're looking for huge gains. It's probably only going to equate to 40 to 45 officers a watch," he said.

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."

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by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:36 AM
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM
Do you not think this new policy is reasonable?


Quoting romalove:

Note to self:  if in Chicago and need the police, call in a claim that I've been shot.


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ILive4This
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

People use 911 improperly.  If they can't make that determination themselves, then it needs to be made for them.  I don't see anything wrong with this.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Chicago resident here! Born and raised, still live here. I'll probably die here as well. 

Ladies, Chicago is a big city. north to south and out west, this city covers about 250 miles. It's big. What this article is neglecting is talking about which part of the city this will affect. I live on the northwest side. There is little to no crime here. In general, there's little crime on the north side. Murder is almost unheard of in the area I am in. 

The south side and some parts of the west side might as well be a war zone. Are officers being taken from northside districts to patrol the south and west sides? This is something that has been done many times in the past. It did not help. What is going on in these areas is rampant poverty and the crime that comes as a result of people fighting over very few scraps of resources. There are a lot of problems here stemming from Racism, segregation, lack of employment in these areas (can't get a job? Might as well sell drugs), and really bad pollution. There is a neighborhood on the south side that is built on top of an old garbage dump. The factories are down there and the air and water is still contaminated from 100 years of industry. 

More police will not solve these issues. Not even gun control laws will solve this. Only investment in jobs and education and cleaning up the pollution will bring the crime down. 

colins_mom
by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Well guy was already dead...




Ok so im being sarcastic, in all reality that's nasty.


Quoting UpSheRises:

That almost like Detroit except our police don't necessarily respond to serious crimes either.


Remember the story a few years ago where someone called to report finding a dead body in an abandoned building? No one showed up so they called the news. The news called the police and it took them an additional 2 days. 3 days that body sat there...

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romalove
by Roma on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM


Quoting lizzielouaf:

Do you not think this new policy is reasonable?


Quoting romalove:

Note to self:  if in Chicago and need the police, call in a claim that I've been shot.


I think if I'm in trouble and calling 911 I don't want to have to worry about whether or not the police will show up.

I want them there.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

This has been done in the past. It did not stop the violence. This is a tactic that has been used since the early 1900s. Chicago's history is rife with police coming into neighborhoods full of people suffering from the crimes that come out of living in poverty and then stir things up, making things worse and causing riots because police get carried away. Then more people die. Police alone will not solve this. 

Shit is going down here. The poor on the south and west sides are getting very angry. 

Quoting lizzielouaf:
Do you not think this new policy is reasonable?
Quoting romalove:

Note to self:  if in Chicago and need the police, call in a claim that I've been shot.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Exactly. We lived on the northside as well- no trouble at all.

Quoting mehamil1:

Chicago resident here! Born and raised, still live here. I'll probably die here as well. 

Ladies, Chicago is a big city. north to south and out west, this city covers about 250 miles. It's big. What this article is neglecting is talking about which part of the city this will affect. I live on the northwest side. There is little to no crime here. In general, there's little crime on the north side. Murder is almost unheard of in the area I am in. 

The south side and some parts of the west side might as well be a war zone. Are officers being taken from northside districts to patrol the south and west sides? This is something that has been done many times in the past. It did not help. What is going on in these areas is rampant poverty and the crime that comes as a result of people fighting over very few scraps of resources. There are a lot of problems here stemming from Racism, segregation, lack of employment in these areas (can't get a job? Might as well sell drugs), and really bad pollution. There is a neighborhood on the south side that is built on top of an old garbage dump. The factories are down there and the air and water is still contaminated from 100 years of industry. 

More police will not solve these issues. Not even gun control laws will solve this. Only investment in jobs and education and cleaning up the pollution will bring the crime down. 


ArianEponae
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM
They said if the person was no longer present ok the case of assault. If they're still there, an officer will come, but if they've left they won't. So, assault being on the list is fine by me. They can early take the information over the phone. If the criminal returns, they've already got the info and can respond, but if they don't return no harm done by the phone interview...plus, the police already know where the criminal isn't and who to watch for...

Quoting survivorinohio:

I think simple assauly can turn felonious in one swing.  Assault should not be on the list.

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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM
You stated you would make a "claim" you had been shot. That reads as if you actually had not been shot but just want a quick response time. This policy does not change response time to true emergencies. It is irresponsible and selfish to divert police attention from true emergencies. Would you want to sue the police department if their response time was slow because you had a true emergency but their attention was diverted by responding to someone that is angry because a neighbor was hosting a loud party?


Quoting romalove:


Quoting lizzielouaf:

Do you not think this new policy is reasonable?





Quoting romalove:

Note to self:  if in Chicago and need the police, call in a claim that I've been shot.



I think if I'm in trouble and calling 911 I don't want to have to worry about whether or not the police will show up.

I want them there.


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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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 So, if I came home and found the door kicked in...indicating a burglary....I am just going to have to make a report over the phone.....what if the burglar is still in there?  I am supposed to search the house myself?

I think there are so gray areas that I hope they have addressed...but aren't in the article.

 

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