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McCarthy changing 911 dispatch policy: Report

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is undergoing a big change in its 911 dispatch in order to free up police officers to respond to the most serious crimes first.

According to the Sun-Times, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city is abandoning its dispatch policy that sends officers to 70 percent of all 911 calls received. That's compared to 30 percent in other major cities.

McCarthy says his goal is to leave officers to patrol their assigned beats, instead of running from one call to the next.

That means if it's not an emergency call for service, it will be put aside until the beat is able to handle it.

McCarthy says the changes are already underway.

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