Fort Worth Expected To Name New Police Chief From 6 Finalist By End Of Month – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Building community trust and holding officials accountable were two big issues raised by the last six candidates vying for the next Fort Worth Police Chief.

The candidates met for a forum to answer questions from community members.

“What is needed in this area is an absolutely crystalline direction set by the leadership of an organization so that certain behaviors are not tolerated,” said Derek Miller, the current chief at Carrollton.

“I think it should be woven into every officer’s duty and responsibility to serve the community of which he is a part,” said Troy Gay, the Austin deputy chief. “I say this because our officers should be part of the community we serve.”

“We have to listen to the community, and especially to our critics,” said Christopher Jones, a Las Vegas sheriff’s assistant. “They’ll tell us when we’re doing something wrong.”

The group also answered questions about the rising crime rate and how best to fight it.

“I believe in a collaborative approach, whether it’s about crime or reducing calls,” said Wendy Baimbridge, a Houston deputy chief executive. “You have to look at it both equally to be efficient.”

Another hot topic was recruiting and increasing diversity within the department.

“I actually started a campaign to reach out to women and minorities in the community, and I started it in 2019,” said Julie Swearingin, a senior executive already with the department.

“I often hear people in law enforcement say, ‘Well, we tried,” said Neil Noakes, also a senior chief of the department.

The finalists also met with panels of residents and city officials.

The final decision is expected to be made by the end of the month.

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