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Chief Derrick Diggs retires from Toledo Police Department

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There is a shake up at the top job of the Toledo Police Department.

Chief Derrick Diggs announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of Mayor Mike Bell's term. His last day with the department will be January 2nd.

Diggs made the announcement in a news release through Mayor Bell's office, "citing irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy" with Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins.

During the mayoral campaign, Collins said he would replace Diggs.

The police union, which supported Collins in the campaign, wanted Diggs to stay.

"It could bring us backwards," says Dan Wagner, President of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association. "We've started to bring crime down. We started to get our numbers back up as far as officers. It's a little concerning that a change could have an impact on the safety of the community."

Thursday morning Chief Diggs notified Mayor Bell that he would retire. In a statement, Diggs says he will "take the opportunity to pursue other professional law enforcement opportunities giving the Mayor-elect the opportunity to appoint a chief with whom he shares the same approach to policing strategy for Toledo."

Collins was vocal in the campaign in disagreeing with how Chief Diggs is fighting crime, whether it's installing surveillance cameras or closing the Northwest District station.

However, an issue having to do with a racial profiling report appeared to anger Collins the most.

Wagner says officer morale has improved under the leadership of Chief Diggs. For example, the rank and file support the new Sky Cop camera technology.

Wagner says the union made it clear to Collins, himself a former TPD officer and former TPPA President, that officers wanted to keep Diggs.

"It doesn't put anything with trust, but I know our guys are unhappy," says Wagner. "They've been calling me all morning since the chief has made this announcement and they're not happy with the announcement or his decision. They feel that he was pressured to leave."

Collins is on his way to Washington, D.C., for meetings. He released a statement saying, "Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs was appointed to the position of Chief under Mayor Michael P. Bell, he served his Mayor well as Chief and I have the utmost respect for Chief Diggs as an individual... I wish Chief Diggs success in his future endeavors as a law enforcement professional."

Collins plans to announce his candidate to be the next police chief by Monday, December 16th. Collins says, "This individual shares some of my philosophies on how to best meet the safety needs of our community as defined during my mayoral campaign."

In 2011, Mayor Mike Bell chose Derrick Diggs, who joined the department in 1977, to replace Mike Navarre who served 13 years as Toledo's top cop.

During his two year tenure, Diggs introduced the Real Time Crime Center and SkyCop camera surveillance system to the department, plus a new canine unit.

"Diggs has done a great job," says Wagner. "He has moved the department forward through technology, equipment, morale is one of the biggest things. He's improved morale."

 

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