To Prioritize Work, Cincinnati Police Change Response to Car Accidents, Alarms


People who live, work, and drive in Cincinnati soon might see changes in how police respond, or don't, to car accidents and burglar alarms, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. They also might be notified more quickly that the crime that occurred likely won't be solved. The city would join many others that have reduced their response to some police calls after years of budget cuts. It's called differential response and it will allow officers to spend more time on violent crime, neighborhood issues, working with youth, traffic safety, and long-term problems. Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries says officers will respond to vehicle crashes but have the discretion to not write reports on minor ones. Officers will respond to burglar alarms, but supervisors now have more discretion to call officers off if they're needed elsewhere. When officer responds to a report of a crime but finds no evidence or witnesses, there may be an “early closure.”

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