Police Chief Proposes Creation of New Crime District

In an effort to make the most of available manpower, Police Chief Floyd Simpson said everything is on the table, including work hours, and a new police district for the central part of town.

Before the chief goes to City Hall to ask for more police officers, he wants to make sure that the department is being run as efficient as possible.

A new district called "Edward" is being proposed. Right now, the idea is to have it cover the central area of town as well as downtown. It would be the fifth district, and Simpson said it would help relieve the workload among all officers in all districts.

Simpson is also looking at changing officer shifts to eight hours instead of 10. He points out that eight hours goes into a 24-hour workday better than 10 hours.

The police chief said he has been looking at making changes for some 11 months now, and it's time to make a move.

"We're not ready to go to the city manager to say we need more police officers yet, because one of the first things we wanted to do was to ensure we're maximized in what we have," Simpson said.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from City Hall with the details.


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