As Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy tries to streamline the way his department fights violent crime, he is stepping up his potentially controversial plan to reduce his officers’ load of 911 calls.
Facing heat over a surge in homicides as he enters his second year in Chicago, McCarthy has expressed frustration over the pace of making the logistical and policy shift necessary to free up officers from what he considers nonessential responsibilities.
“I’ve been told we handle more types of calls for services than any other place in the country,” McCarthy said.
He wants to keep officers from wasting their time with what he labeled the “my son won’t eat his peas” type of call.
“We would set the policy. We’re not responding to calls for A, B and C,” McCarthy said, noting that he hasn’t yet defined “what standard would we apply.”
Now that I’ve written about Comstat we all understand the manipulation of crime statistics. Comstat was Plan A. This is Plan B.
Imagine the ability to set crime statistics by simply listening to a 911 call and right there without any other information saying what qualifies a police response. And we already know that in Chicago no report means no crime. By simply choosing to not send police to the scene of a crime it is nearly assured that no report will be created and thus no crime will be reported.
When this is implemented McCarthy and Rahm are going to oversee the greatest crime reduction is city history. Of course blood will still be flowing in the streets, thousands of cars will be stolen, drugs will be available everywhere, homes will be broken into hourly, and tourist beatings on Michigan Ave will continue.