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SCMPD Police Chief updates City Council on crime stats

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief briefed City Council members Thursday on the current crime statistics at a meeting that lasted for more than three hours.

While this was a very overwhelming meeting, addressing a multitude of issues, City Council members said they have never worked with a Chief of Police who has been this transparent and honest about the problems and needs of the city.

However, many are still fed up with amount of crime. So the briefing ended up being a brainstorming session where council members made recommendations to the chief.

Alderman Van Johnson is pushing for a stricter curfew for children, because many of the crimes involve our youth.  Alderman Tony Thomas wants the police to come up with a better way of alerting citizens about specific crimes either through robocalls, text alerts or email, especially if it's a crime like break-ins that continue to happen in certain areas.

But one of the ways to address all of these problems and main concerns now is getting more officers on the street.

“We've got people moving through the employment process in terms of their training, 29 graduate tomorrow. We will have hired I think right at the end of the year, we said we wanted to hire 100 officers by the end of the year and we'll be right around there,” said Chief Lumpkin.

Now, there's 83 vacancies but that will change tomorrow when that group is sworn in.

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