Medlock to build strong relations between police and community
February 21, 2013 by Sarah
Harold Medlock was recently hired to become the new chief of police for the town of Fayetteville after the former chief, Tom Bergamine, retired last year.
Medlock, 55, has emphasized that he plans to rebuild trust by ensuring that the police use their people skills and abilities to relate to the community. He says he is deeply saddened when he hears that people in the town are either reluctant or afraid to call the police when they need to, adding that the police should be the first line of defense and the ones that people should count on intuitively.
A former deputy police chief for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Medlock feels that building such a relationship also requires that the police keep the communities and neighborhoods informed as much as possible about what is happening. This will demonstrate to people that the police are there and in control of all activities. It may not always be good news, he said, but he feels that people need to know the entire story.
Medlock started his job last Monday and says:
“This job, this city, this police department is the highlight of my career.”
Medlock will be spending the first few weeks meeting with every member of his department and attending all community events and committee meetings. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to announce his appointment as the new chief plans to build a relationship with the people of the community.