New 911 Response Takes Effect

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, Feb 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:09 AM CDT
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Calls Intensify for Obama to Help Chicago Violence

The Chicago Police Department will revamp how they respond to certain 911 calls.

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The Chicago Police Department will no longer respond in-person to reports of certain crimes where the offender is no longer present and there is no immediate danger.

The change, which took effect Sunday, is expected to free up roughly 44 officers a day, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Crimes involved in the change include vehicle theft, theft, garage burglaries, criminal damage to property, the passing of bad checks, lewd or obscene phone calls, threatening phone calls that don't pose immediate danger and animal bites, city spokesman Bill McCaffrey told the Tribune.

The change comes after recent gang violence raised concerns by many Chicagoans.

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