Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Police Chief Chosen

Congratulations to new Chief of Police Chris Perkins, who was introduced this morning in the Police Headquarters Community Room. Over the past two years or so, I've gotten to know Chief Perkins and have been incredibly impressed by his knowledge, creativeness, and involvement in the community. He has proven to be an excellent leader who uses innovative methods of policing to make the community safer and the police force more responsive to the needs of our neighborhoods. Chief Perkins was instrumental in the introduction of community policing to Roanoke, which has reduced crime and caused our police to become more connected with our neighborhoods to prevent crime as opposed to only reacting to it.

To me, the selection of Chief Perkins also shows wonderful judgement on behalf of City Manager Chris Morrill. This is the most significant appointment since he began his role, and is a great reflection on him.

Congratulations to Chief Perkins.