New Chicago policy sends fewer police to crime scenes

02/5/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

This week the Chicago Police Department began a policy of not sending officers to certain crime scenes, such as a car theft or some burglaries, where the suspect has fled. The goal is to free up officers for more serious crimes and cases where people are in danger, so reports in cases where the danger has passed will be taken over the phone. Officers will be dispatched if the victim is not safe or needs medical care, or if it appears the suspect may return and an arrest can be made.

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