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Statesboro Police Department announces new chief

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Mike Broadhead comes here from the other side of the country. He also comes to a department that hasn't had a permanent leader in a year and a half.

The chief says he's still meeting people and learning his way around as he wraps up his first week on the job. He's adjusting as he moves from Riverton, Wyoming and Littleton, Colorado before that.

Broadhead says he and his family welcomed the chance to come to Statesboro and lead this police department.

"Saw the job posted, started learning more about Statesboro," said Mike Broadhead, Chief. "The more I learned, it checked off many of the boxes."

He says he and his family have long wanted to move to the Southeast. Statesboro's police department has been without a permanent chief for the past 18 months. Just 7 years ago the city abolished the chief's position, but reactivated it for this search.

"There's been some instability and you see that trickle down to things like patrolman turnover being higher than it should," said Broadhead.

He says one focus will be ongoing training, here at home and the state training center. He says stability at the police station helps officers better patrol neighborhoods.

"If officers are under a ton of stress internally, they're gonna take that out on the street with them. It's going to affect their interaction with the community," said Broadhead. 

While he credits Deputy Chief Rob Bryan with a good job as the interim, he says it's time to settle in and move forward.

“It becomes really about helping the staff here that there is stability here. I'm here for the long haul and that we're going to work together to create the police department that we all want to work in,” said Broadhead.

While this marks his first law enforcement in the South, he comes to the department with roughly thirty years’ experience.

The chief says he's trying to meet as many people in the community as he can and to let them know he's here for the long term.

You can meet Chief Broadhead at a community reception on Apr. 52 at the Averitt Arts Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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