Chicago changes response to 911 calls

Supt. Garry McCarthy said his goal is to create what he called "beat integrity"


By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Chicago has quietly embarked on a dramatic change in 911 dispatch to free police officers to respond to the most serious crimes, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy disclosed Thursday.

McCarthy let the cat out of the bag while testifying before the City Council's Committee on Public Safety on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

It happened when West Side Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) asked when Chicago was finally going to abandon an outdated dispatch policy that sends police officers to 70 percent of all 911 calls received, compared to 30 percent in other major cities.

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