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Toledo Police chief’s first 2 months on the job

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Toledo's top cop has been in office a little over two months. Tonight we check-in to see how he's working to improve safety. 

Toledo Police Chief Bill Moton has gone from chasing bad guys to being responsible for the safety of thousands of Toledoans.

"It didn't strike me right off I was driving down Dorr and I realized I was responsible for the safety of 300,000 people," said Police Chief Bill Moton.

He admits the jobs been a learning curve. Since he's added six more officers to the community services division. Their jobs are to work with residents to make their neighborhoods safer.

"Complaints that they see in the neighborhoods and they will be working with the people in the community with those complaints," said Moton.

He says his administration is on track to open the Northwest district station. Detectives, uniform officers and the bike patrol will work out of the Sylvania Avenue location. The chief wants residents to feel safe, report crimes and sleep better at night.

It's possible some of the officers in the new police class of 68 could work that area. They'll graduate in April. The new officers will allow the chief to beef up other departments 

"We can then start to backfill our detective bureau, vice, swat unit where we've been running short for the past couple of years," said the police chief.

The chief says the department is making progress in building relationships neighborhood by neighborhood.

"The police department can't do it all. That's why we are working with the community," said Chief Moton.

"We're looking at what we call beat integrity in other wards assigning police officers in an area that they are permanently assigned to this way they get to know the people in the neighborhood because they see the same officers day by day," said Moton. 

The chief plans to add another police class of 30 officers to the force in December.

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