311 Fact Sheet
- Implemented in 1999 as part of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) as a non-emergency alternative.
- Works closely with OEMC to ensure proper staffing of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during critical exercises and operations, such as weather emergencies and escalation of the national threat level.
- Received an incoming call volume of approximately 3.9 million calls in 2011.
- Receives requests for City Services and forwards them to the appropriate departments.
- Tracked approximately 2,029,380 service requests in 2011 (including duplicates); 1,744,570 (excluding duplicates).
- Processes nearly 100,000 non-emergency police complaints annually, freeing officers time for emergency response and community policing.
- Provides 311 System training to staff members from City departments, City agencies and aldermanic offices.
- Provides technical assistance to other cities and countries by coordinating site visits to the Call Center.
- Received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
- Recipient of the National Public Service Excellence Award conferred by the Public Employees Roundtable.
- Featured on The Visionaries a nationally syndicated PBS program.
- Serves as the back-up facility to 911.