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New APD chief has big job ahead

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's new police chief certainly has his work cut out for him. On his first day on the job, his officers charged a woman with the brutal murder of an 88-year old woman.

There's also been a rash of home invasions and armed robberies recently, and gang crimes are on the rise. So what does he plan to do to stop all the violent crime?

Just as crime is on the minds of people who live in Albany, it's top on the list of concerns of the new police chief. "Any crime is one too many, and I want to do anything we can to deal with those issues," said Albany's new Police Chief John Proctor.

While the chief didn't outline his plan of attack to deal with problems, he did say his department will be working closely with other agencies in the county and within the region. "We're going to work with the other law enforcement agencies, other members of criminal justice, the media, whoever it is that we can get our word out that we're going to be very focused on fighting crime and protecting this community."

And he wants the community to be involved and informed. "I want to make sure our staff at the police department understands that we work for the citizens and it's going to be our focus to make sure that we both fight crime, we're interactive with the community, we're responsive to this community and the hope is at some point among this journey the community will recognize and say that the Albany Police Department is a great organization."

An organization with a new leader and a new focus. So far, the Chief has been busy with a lot of administrative work, filling out paperwork and undergoing new employee orientation.

Tuesday, he met with senior staff members and says he's ready to get down to the business of running the police department.

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