FAST FIVE: Over 400,000 High-Priority Incidents In Chicago In 2021 Had 'No Police Available To Send', New Data Shows

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High priority calls include Priority Level 1 incidents, which represent “an imminent threat to life, bodily injury, or major property damage/loss,” and Priority Level 2 incidents when “timely police action-has the potential to affect the outcome of an incident.” In pre-George Floyd, pre-COVID 2019, there were only 156,016 such instances for which dispatchers had no police available to send – 19 percent of the total number of high priority 911 service calls made that year.

(For the full list of service calls, see the CPD's FOIA response below).

The numbers of annual reported RAPs grew from 5,077 in 2019 to 11,721 in 2021, up more than 130 percent.  RAPs are to be avoided if at all possible, according to CPD's own directive to staff on using its radio communications system.

Waiting for help High priority dispatches can wait as long as an hour, even two hours, for a response during RAPs.  Last summer, a Chicago 911 dispatcher working the violent 11th Police District on the West Side was captured by Chicago Scanner's Twitter account in revealing audio of backlogged dispatch call-outs.  Listen to the audio here from Chicago Scanner via crime news website CWB Chicago.  Listening to the audio, Wirepoints could clearly discern details of 36 specific languishing dispatch requests.

The count of active sworn officers has fallen to 11,638 in June of this year, down from 13,251 in July of 2019, according to an OIG dashboard.  But Chicago politicians, Cook County judges, prosecutors and state lawmakers will have to make policing a far more attractive proposition than it is today to repair the damaged morale that's helping drive the ongoing exodus of sworn officers.  Appendix CPD 1st FOIA response: Count of Service Calls Occurring During Radio Assignments Pending, 2021 CPD 2nd FOIA response: Count of Service Calls Occurring During Radio Assignments Pending, 2019 Tyler Durden Sat, 07/02/2022 – 15:30.

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