ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo

Friday, August 5, 2022 2:30AM

EVANSTON, Ill (WLS) — Staffing shortages are leading to a shift in responsibilities for some police officers in Evanston, and it could mean some crimes will not be routinely investigated.

The department said in a press release that there are 26 vacancies, as well as seven officers not available for full-duty assignments.

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In response, Evanston Police are shifting four officers and one sergeant to temporary duty assignments from the community policing unit. The reduction comes after the detective saw a previous reduction.

Evanston police said they will not be routinely investigating misdemeanor thefts, trespassing, stolen cars and financial crimes where the suspect is not identified due to the staffing shortage.

The overtime and force backs created by the sustained shortage have had a negative impact on the health and well-being of department personnel, making these reassignments and service reductions necessary, according to Evanston Police.

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