Chicago criminals approve…

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More 911 calls won’t get in-person response starting Sunday

Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger.

Police confirmed the change, which takes effect Sunday. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told aldermen last year he was considering a move in that direction.

The change is not related to plans by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy to shift what they indicated was as many as 200 officers from administrative duties to beats so more officers can be assigned to teams that saturate crime hotspots, city spokesman Bill McCaffrey said.

The 911 dispatch changes and redeployment of officers come in the wake of the city’s most deadly January since 2002. A total of 42 people were murdered in Chicago last month, including 15-year-old band majorette Hadiya Pendleton, an innocent victim whose South Side slaying drew national attention.

Crimes that will no longer result in the dispatch of an officer to the crime scene include vehicle theft, theft, garage burglaries, criminal damage to property, the passing of bad checks, lewd or obscene phone calls, threatening phone calls that don’t pose an immediate danger and animal bites, McCaffrey said.

Officers will be dispatched if a suspect is still at the scene or is expected to return immediately, the victim is not considered safe or needs medical attention, an officer could make an immediate arrest or an officer is needed for an immediate investigation, McCaffrey added.

When no officer is sent to the crime scene, a report will be taken by phone by cops assigned to light duty. Last year, 74,000 reports were taken that way. The new rules are expected to more than double that number.

It’s hoped that the changes will free up the equivalent of 44 officers each day to respond to more serious crimes and work at crime prevention, McCaffrey said. Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, said he thought the change will be good, “especially if it results in a quicker response time to more serious crimes when they are happening in real time.”

Brookins said he often hears from residents who complain that response is tardy or even non-existent when they call 911 to report drug sales, fights or burglaries in progress. He said he also hopes that it results in more officers on visible patrol, which he said serves as a deterrent to crime.

During budget hearings last year, McCarthy said dispatch changes needed to be made, saying officers in Chicago responded to half of 911 calls, compared to about 30 percent in most other jurisdictions.

“I’m not joking when I tell you that we’ve handled calls that say my children are fighting over the remote control,” McCarthy told aldermen. “My daughter does not want to go to school, my son does not want to eat his mashed potatoes.

“Those are the types of calls for service quite frankly where I don’t know why we would tie up a police officer when that officer can be on patrol doing something affirmative, preventing something from happening.”

Police officers contacted by the Tribune concur that not having to respond to every call could help cops on the street respond to more serious crimes. “It’s almost like you increase your manpower when you reduce the number of calls,” one police supervisor said.

But he gave an example of one potential drawback, in the case of a garage burglary, saying there could be a delay in the investigation if a detective doesn’t immediately canvass the area.

Still, said one rank-and-file officer, by not responding to all the less-serious crimes, cops on the street will be able to become more “proactive,” instead of running around the district and bouncing from call to call. “It’s really a drain on resources to go to every nonsense call like the dog’s barking or the music’s too loud,” the officer said.

So now citizens are expected to anticipate if a criminal will return to their home? What are they suppose to be, mind readers? If residents have any sense, they will arm themselves, despite their mayor’s call for more gun restrictions.

DCG

9 responses to “Chicago criminals approve…

  1. So after gun control, now Chicagoans are told police henceforth will respond to 911 calls ONLY WHEN the caller is in “immediate danger” — “immediate danger” being undefined.

    Poor Chicagoans, living in a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Elections have CONSEQUENCES!

    • “Yes, ma’am, I know they’re pounding on your door and threatening to break in and rape you, but if we responded to every complaint we’d never stop anything… I’m sure everything will be all right if you get that free Morning After pill you’re entitled to under healthcare reform at your doctor’s tomorrow, though.”

  2. More of those lofty “Chicago Values”! So much better to have high murder rates than Chick-fik-A!

  3. ..and this is a City with gun control, if i lived there, i would be looking for another place, sounds crazy to me. Thieves are armed, cops wont come, can’t control the once convicted felons that are armed, and its a crime to defend yourself,,

  4. Maybe when the troops come back they can be redeployed to Chicago and have a chance at at a decent meal.

    http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Army-cuts-back-on-hot-meals/QETQDd89t0CfdMDGY2oxXQ.cspx

  5. “Better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6″
    You have just been deputized!!

  6. Home to the Carbon Credit Exchange and Rahm Emmanuel when he’s running for Mayor. Rezko, Blago and Donald Young were found wanting, Jesse Jackson Jnr had a mental breakdown, it’s tough even on the players let alone children. No wonder the police don’t want to have anything to do with most things going down in that city. Frank Sinatra must have been thinking of somewhere else.

  7. Let’s see; First, no big police presence in high crime areas in the inner city where blacks and latinos kill one another everyday. Gun laws that affect only law abiding citizens, and now police won’t take all 911 calls. Sounds like a recipe for genocide to me. For all of those who want to know; the problems the city of Chicago are having with the high murder rate can be traced back to the tearing down of the public housing projects. Bad values and morals of some project folks combined with the elements that exist on the street equal genocide.

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