New chief gets marching orders

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By William Carroll

New Taylorsville Police Chief Phil Crumpton had a meeting last week with city officials to go over what they would like to see from the him, including everything from the hiring of part time officers to scheduling to general enforcement duties.
City Clerk Steve Biven said he wanted commissioners to meet with Crumpton in order to determine what commissioners felt was important for the upcoming September schedule and whether commissioners wanted the department to be a 24 hour a day department.
Commissioner Beverly Ingram pointed out that currently the department has two officers on duty on Sundays, “I am not sure that is needed,” she said. Commissioner Kathy Spears said that there are also three to four hours during the day when officers coverage overlaps, leaving gaps in other periods of time when no officer is present.
“I would rather overlap late in the evening,” Crumpton agreed.
Crumpton added that he wanted to keep a very tight hold on overtime and that he would continue to adjust the schedule as additional officers come on. The department is still looking to hire a part time officer and part time major to fill out the force. Crumpton also suggested that the city might want to look at a seasonal officer position instead of the part time position and use the seasonal officer only on an as needed basis.
Crumpton said the major position will work to cover time with Crumpton with both Crumpton and the major covering separate shifts to ensure a supervisor is handling shift coverage.
Crumpton said that his goal is to have officers out on the streets more, in support of this he has modified how the fingerprinting is handled in the department by training employee Tammy Gaines to handle the fingerprinting duties.
In response to a question from the commission regarding his position on the county’s radio issue, Crumpton said that the current radio issues are a major concern.
“I think all law enforcement should be on the same radios, it is an officer safety issue,” Crumpton said.
Biven also informed Crumpton that the police department acts as the city’s eyes for licensed businesses and checking that the lights downtown are operational. Commissioner Jack Proctor said that one of the department’s duties was questionable.
“I have a problem with the police doing code enforcement,” Proctor said. He suggested perhaps having a city code enforcement officer, however the commission took no action on that suggestion.
The meeting resulted in no significant motions, being more of an informational session for the new chief.