McCarthy: Police going to respond to fewer calls

October 24, 2012

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Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says he’s going to cut down on the number of calls police respond to because he says many of the calls are a waste of time.

“And I’m not joking when I tell you that we’ve handled calls for service that say my children are fighting over the remote control, my daughter does not want to go to school, my son does not want to eat his mashed potatos,” said McCarthy at a City Council police budget hearing Wednesday.

McCarthy says they’re going to make some policy decisions about what kind of calls they’re not going to respond to and that’s going to free up officers to do more important work.

At the five-and-a-half-hour police budget meeting aldermen asked McCarthy about NATO, violence, staffing levels, and they commended the police commanders and officers in their wards, but there was little discussion of the $1.3 billion budget itself.