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Chief Coleman announces changes in the Jackson Police Department

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There are big changes to report in the leadership of Mississippi's largest police department.  Jackson police Chief Rebecca Coleman says it's not a shakeup, rather fulfillment of a promise she made when she was sworn in almost a year ago. 

It will be a year next week, since Rebecca Coleman was sworn in as chief of the Jackson Police department. She vowed then to take a close look at performance and make changes, if necessary. Those changes have come in a big way, first, with the retirement of 28-year veteran Tyrone Lewis effective immediately. Lewis was a deputy chief over community services. His position has not been filled, so far. 

Chief Coleman said, "Chief Lewis came to me and said that he was pursuing other avenues within his career and that he wanted, he was thinking about retiring from the police department and we wish him well in his future endeavors, but it was a decision that he made. It didn't have anything to do with the moves." 

The moves include Gerald Jones, deputy chief of standards and training to lieutenant in patrol operations; acting lieutenant William Parker of investigations takes Jones title. Precinct Four Commander Kenneth Goodrum to precinct one sergeant in patrol operations. Precinct five commander Wendell Watts to commander of precinct four and acting lieutenant Allen White to precinct five commander. 

Chief Coleman said, "It's not a disciplinary move. It's not a demotion, but it is a staff realignment and in doing so, I believe that we will have some additional, better performance in some of these areas of maybe a increase in what some of the calls for service from the community is asking for." 

Chief Coleman also shifted an acting lieutenant and two sergeants to different precincts. The chief says the department is on the right track now bringing to fruition some of the promises made at the onset of her administration. 

"Namely, we put in place a system of accountability, of officers and staff within the police department. We have made sure that the visibility of officers is greater. The integrity issues that were at issue when I came in; we have addressed all of these things with the police department." said Chief Coleman.

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