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Chicago police will no longer respond to some robbery calls

By Mason White 1:17 PM February 5, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Chicago, Illinois police, will no longer respond to robbery crimes if the suspect is not at the scene in order to free up police officers for increased street patrols, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their response policy to 911 calls. They will not come down personally to reports of things like criminal damage to property, theft, theft of vehicles, theft in garages, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, or the victim is not in immediate danger.

The move will free up the equivalent of 44 police officers a day to patrol duties.
Many residents in Chicago however think it is the wrong move by the police.

“I think it’s ridiculous. I believe that if there is a robbery, they have to come. It’s what we pay for. They have to come,” one Chicago resident fumed.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy emphasized the crime prevention occurs when officers are patrolling the streets, not when taking reports in places of non-violent incidents.

Police said that officers will always take information about crimes in the district stations by phone but they will not come down to take a reports in person.

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