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Breakfast Forum Highlights Recent Achievements by CCPD

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Several hundred people gathered Wednesday morning at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center to hear what Police Chief Floyd Simpson had to say about the state of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

The sold-out fundraising event was put together by a citizen group called Citizens in Support of the Corpus Christi Police Department. It's a panel that raises and distributes money to pay for law enforcement items that are beyond the reach of the regular police budget.

The chief used the breakfast forum to highlight what he sees as major accomplishments over the past year, including the addition of more female officers, increased training and a new priority system aimed at making the most of available personnel. Simpson also mentioned that he will be accepting a national award Thursday in Houston for the police department's efforts to eradicate synthetic marijuana.

"We made a pretty good pop, to the tune of about a $2 million operation, and it was Mr. Nice Guys that you all have seen around," Chief Simpson said. "The DEA and the IRS helped us with that investigation."

Simpson also outlined plans for new technology to help his officers, including body cams to help with domestic violence cases and stationary cameras around the city to combat illegal dumping.

By the way, Kiii News Anchor Joe Gazin served as master of ceremonies for Wednesday's event.