ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - The city of Ashburn has a new police chief. Chief Clifford Jordan was sworn in last week. Jordan believes that in order to keep the community safe he says there needs to be more community involvement with his department.
It's full circle for Clifford Jordan as he returns home to Ashburn as the city's new police chief.
"It's been a long time coming," said Chief Clifford Jordan. "I started this journey about 25 plus years ago and thanks to the city council here in Ashburn, I was given a chance to fulfill a dream of a lifetime."
Jordan came to Ashburn in January from the Dooly County Sheriff's Office as an investigator.
"I started in 1991 at the Crisp County Sheriff's Department," said Jordan. "I left there and went to the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Squad from there down to Orlando, Florida in the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Jordan says he plans to keep a close eye on gangs and is working to prevent the biggest crime he sees in Ashburn.
"Our biggest crime would probably be burglaries," said Jordan.
He says his call to action is community involvement.
"We're going to be out in the streets more walking, talking, knocking on doors, introducing ourselves and getting more involved with the community," said Jordan.
He's hoping the community will welcome them with open arms.
"All contact with police officers doesn't have to be negative contact," said Jordan. "Police are not bad people. We're here for the citizens, we're here for the community and we just want to get the word out there that we're here for the people."
Jordan says it's a privilege to be back working in his hometown and he says his door is always open at the Ashburn Police Department.