COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Police Department is changing the way it responds to crime amid an ongoing staffing shortage.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2cUDDqB ) that effective Sunday, the department is asking citizens to call in or report online crimes where there is no immediate danger and where suspect information is sparse. Officers will no longer go to homes to take those reports.

Police Chief Peter Carey says he knows the change won’t be popular with the community, but he hopes the change will allow more officers to respond to emergency calls, improving response times and officer safety.

Police response times have been climbing as staffing decreased, particularly in the patrol unit.

Carey says in order to improve times he both needs to add more officers and manage call volume.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com