Chicago Cops Cut Back on 911 Responses
They're weeding out less serious ones to focus on gun violence
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:46 PM CST
A Chicago police officer in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – One consequence of Chicag's rising murder rate: City police are now responding to fewer 911 calls in person to focus on gun violence. Dispatchers will reroute calls deemed less serious—car thefts, for example—to desk officers who will deal with them entirely by phone, reports the Wall Street Journal. The city hopes to handle about 151,000 police reports, about 30% of the total, over the phone this year, double last year's total.

The shift to the controversial strategy, already employed to some degree by other big cities around the nation, comes as Chicago defied the national trend by racking up more than 500 homicides last year and more than than 40 in January of this year. The latter total includes the high-profile shooting of a teen girl who had performed at President Obama's inauguration.

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Feb 7, 2013 7:47 PM CST
Thankfully they have tough gun control laws I would hate to see what it would be with out them! These shooters must be from out of town because if hey knew about the laws they would not have guns! The Easter Bunny & Santa Claus told me so!
Feb 7, 2013 7:10 PM CST
As the Chicago Police should! (ignore 911 calls) Don't want 911 interruptions cutting in on their booty calls, and let's not forget Winchell's! Don't ever buy an officer a donut! Why? Because isn't it true that if he is too fat to catch a suspect on foot he'll have to resort to shooting him in the back? Shouldn't we all be instituting a peace officer exercise program for their health? How? Would every time you see a peace officer; turn and run the other way do it? In no time, Americans will be the most fit nation on the planet!!
Feb 7, 2013 9:30 AM CST
The police are only minutes away when seconds count. Buy a gun, get training, practice a lot, protect your loved ones.