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CPD Chief Fletcher: New Initiatives in 2015

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - "I think we need to continue to do what we have been doing over the recent months, which is develop relationships with the community, seek engagement and find ways to move forward," said Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.  

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says he's been hard at work on new initiatives as we approach 2015.

"It is my obligation to keep both the community and the police officers who we serve safe at all times from harm anytime," said Fletcher.

CPD plans to use data collected last year to help place more police presence in high crime areas. 

Additional training will be provided to veteran officers and new hires they also applied for a grant that would pay for training to help victims of violence.

"The reality is we respond to 500 - 600 calls a day and almost none of them use response of resistant by a police officer," said Fletcher.  

They also applied for a grant that would pay for training to help victims of violence.

CPD also agreed to frequently meet with local advocacy groups to hear their concerns.

"He's doing everything he can to combine the community ideas to make our streets safe," said Dr. Woods, Community Advocate.

Channel 3 met with a strong force in the Alton Park Community who already noticed small changes.

Dr. Woods wants officers to mentor at risk youth and engage with them during positive times in their lives to help create a fresh start.

"If someone does something wrong they need to get in trouble, but police officers sensitivity levels need to go up," said Dr. Woods.

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