Bluffs Police Chief Finalists Emphasize Better Community Relations

Both of the Scottsbluff Police Chief candidates said Friday better community relations and obtaining the public's trust would be priorities for them if they are the city's new Chief.

Adam Creek, currently employed as a Criminal investigator with the Fort Smith, Arkansas Police Department, told the city's Civil Service Commission it is important to have citizens to trust the department and indicated he would have public community meetings in the first six months to discuss any issues. Creek, who is in charge of a four person Crimes against Persons Unit he felt that represented his required minimum five years of supervisory experience as required by the job description. He admitted,however, that he worked with a supervisor regarding job descriptions for the people in his unit and did not have any disciplinary authority over the investigators.

Current Scottsbluff Police Captain Kevin Spencer said fostering a better relationship with the public is key, and indicated his plan includes forming a Citizens Police Academy, begin an alcohol education class for freshman and sophomores in high school, request a second resource officer in the schools and reinstate something similar to the Dare and Great programs in the elementary school. Spencer said he would also like to begin a "Team Approach" in the staffing of his officers and would equalize the responsibility distribution for his two captains. After a year without a Police Chief Spencer says the department needs direction. Spencer said he would immediately call a meeting with department staff to outline his goals and philosophies and do more with the city council to promote and educate them about the department. Spencer says he has 11 years supervisory experience in law enforcement, including four months as Acting Police Chief.

The Civil Service Commission will submit an eligibility list that ranks the two candidates based on their written test scores and interviews with the Commission and Administrative Department, and submit it to City Manager Rick Kuckkahn who will make the ultimate decision.

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