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Chatham Co. Commissioners concerned about crime

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Everyone is worried about crime. Some county commissioners say it's running rampant and they want to know what the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department is doing about it.

Maj. Larry Branson attended the meeting in Chief Willie Lovett's place, and the commissioners grilled him. 

Most of their frustration stemmed from the unsolved crimes, and the three shootings that happened this week on Savannah's Southside. They are also worried about the county's drug activity.

"What are you all doing to assure the community, us as elected officials, and the citizens that you all have things under control," said Commissioner Lori Brady.

Branson says there are more officers patrolling neighborhoods, especially the southside, and they're informing the public about what's happening in the department.

"It is vitally important that your police office be completely transparent and that you know exactly what we're doing," said Branson.

Commissioner Helen Stone got emotional when she started talking about a family from her district who has been asking police for answers for the past six months.

"This family is grasping for answers, and nothing," Stone said, "nothing."

The commissioners will meet again in two weeks. Chairman Al Scott made it very clear that Chief Lovett better attend.

"Please tell the chief that we look forward to hearing from him in two weeks," Scott said. 

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