The City of Chicago will change how they handle 911 calls effective February 3, 2013. Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, says the new policy will put 44 police officers back on the streets to fight more serious crimes.
During an announcement to the press, McCarthy outlined the new guidelines. In summary; the city will no longer dispatch police for minor crimes such as, passing bad checks, lewd phone calls, and dog bites. They also added burglaries and petty thefts, where the perpetrator is no longer at the scene of the crime, and no one is in immediate danger.
It has been reported that the crime in Chicago during January was the deadliest since 2002, with 42 homicides (now up to 44 and counting). This included the senseless shooting and murder of innocent teen, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. She had just performed for President Obama at the Inauguration, which caused the story to make national news. Tragic.
Obviously the city is in trouble and we should applaud the Superintendent for coming up with creative ways to fight crime. But seriously, putting 44 more cops on the street seems like it will have a minor impact. It is still not clear if this is the answer, but we shall soon find out.
Above video includes a dramatization of a scenario at the end. It is only intended to show what I thought about as they announced the new policy. Clearly the video is a bit of a stretch and is an exaggeration. Let’s hope we still get a live operator and people don’t get confused on which numbers to call.
Trust me, I understand crime is out of control and this is a serious topic. Too many innocent children have lost their lives and the violence needs to end. But is this the answer? Please post your comments and chime in. Feel free to add your suggestions…maybe Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take them to heart.
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