The City of Alice is getting a new police chief. Randy Weems is his name, and Tuesday will be his first day on the job.
On Monday, Weems sat down with Kiii News Reporter Mike DaSilva to talk about his priorities in a city that has had more than its share of violent crime in recent months.
Chief Weems drove in from Arizona on Sunday. After doing a little sight seeing in Corpus Christi, even stopping by Whataburger Field to check it out, they dropped by the Kiii-TV Studios. Weems said he is excited to get started.
"Last week, I called the assistant chief," Weems said. "I said 'You start putting together a policy review committee, because when I get there, we are going to completely revamp our policies and see what's good, what's bad, what we have, what we don't have, and we're going to come online just like the rest of the state of Texas and follow the Texas Chief of Police example.'"
In a post on the Kiii News Facebook page, a woman asked if the chief plans on having a regular presence, and taking an active role in the community, having an impact on children. Weems said he can promise that he will be engaged, and heavily involved, and that the Alice Police Department has to do as much as they can to affect the youth to keep them out of trouble.
"I think developing our youth as much as we can and keeping them engaged will automatically help with youth gang violence, but the gangs that are currently there need to be addressed head on," Weems said. "They need to understand that their activity is not welcome in that town."
For Weems, addressing the gang problem will be a top priority.
"When I moved into a house there in town, the neighbor even mentioned that, and asked me what my intentions were, and we have to focus on it and see which ones we need to give priority attention to," Weems said. "Which members, and which members that we can keep busy and help them become productive people in the community."
Weems said he has created a 90-day plan that includes getting input from the community that will help him analyze what's going on in the city, and what's working and what's not.
He said that the community can expect professionalism, fairness and respect from him, and he looks forward to meeting with former Chief Daniel Bueno to get input and see what worked for him when he was chief.
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