WEST DES MOINES - There is a new chief in town at the city's police department. And he is no stranger to serving in central Iowa.
Chris Scott has nearly two decades of experience and currently serves as a Police Lieutenant for the Des Moines Police Department, in the Vice and Narcotics Unit. He told Local 5 after all the years in the industry, chief is one he is ready to check off the list.
"I have an aggressive next few months, but I am looking forward to it," said Scott.
At the top of chief Scott's agenda is to not be a new face in the community.
"The first order and right now the only order that I have to accomplish is to get to know the people," said Scott.
A man with a mission he is already out working to accomplish.
"I want to be patient with people so they can really get to know who I am and what I believe," said Scott.
Chief Scott says his law enforcement beliefs stem from his experience. He has been in the line of duty for nineteen years. He says every position he's held helped prepared him for this one.
"I want to be there for the public, answer their questions and insure that we are moving in a direction that they understand," said Scott.
A short term initiative of his is to have a place on the front lines, bringing new officers into the department.
"It is a personal goal of mine to insure that we are recruiting actively men and women," said Scott. "We want a police department representative of the community."
The veteran officer says that mentality is something he strives for moving forward. Furthering the relationship between the men and women in blue and the people of West Des Moines.
"We had some horrible tragedy in 2016 in West Des Moines, Des Moines, Urbandale, and in light of some ugliness before that, outside the metro and outside the state of Iowa," said Scott.
"But it really brought out how our citizens really feel about their police officers and they wrapped their arms around us and they took care of us and that hasn't changed. It has continued since those tragedies and I consider it a true partnership and we really are supported."
Chief Scott told Local 5 he is already meeting with community leaders as well as learning how the West Des Moines Police Department operates. He will officially begin his position on Dec. 4.
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