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Fletcher lays out vision for Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Fred Fletcher will be sworn in as the next police chief Thursday, but already he has a vision for the Scenic City.

The 46-year-old former Austin Police Department commander wants to approach community policing by recognizing that each neighborhood in Chattanooga is different and that police should adjust to their surroundings, not the opposite.

"The focus on public safety in the Southside looks different than in North Chattanooga or Brainerd," Fletcher said.

Fletcher won't start work full time until June 25. His contract will be for a year and Mayor Andy Berke can renew the contract for three years. Under the City Charter, the mayor can't extend an appointment past the end of his term in office.

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