City of Rockford issued the following announcement on Oct. 30.
This example illustrates the difference between the two. If someone calls 911 and needs a Fire/EMS response, it goes into the internal 911 System Dispatch Log as a "Medical Call" to alert our fire department (ambulance) to respond. If the call also requires a police response, like a stabbing, a gunshot or an overdose, then it goes into our internal system as an associated "Medical Assist" to alert the police department to respond to assist the fire department. That information ensures we send the right teams to respond to the crisis.
Information in the 911 Dispatch Log is NOT used in our monthly statistics. The monthly crime statistics are auto-generated based off the formal police reports that are written during and after an incident. The police reports include appropriate coding to identify the actual crime that has occurred. Those same statistics are also reported to the FBI. The FBI has conducted random audits of our police reports and statistics since 2006 and has awarded the police department high marks for accurate reporting.
Original source can be found here.
Source: City of Rockford