Today is my first official day serving as your Chief of Police. Being selected to lead this Department is extremely humbling. It is an exciting time, and I am looking forward to the journey that lies ahead.
For the past 200 years, the history of our Department has been written one day at a time. We are rich in tradition and will continue to honor our past and those that served before us. The New Year can be nostalgic, but it is also a time to make positive changes and look to the future.
On January 1, 2013, we start the next chapter and I am proud to be a part of that. The coming year will be an exciting time filled with change and an opportunity to re-invent ourselves. There are three very important cornerstones that will be priorities for the Department as we move forward.
First, we will focus on reducing crime and making our neighborhoods safe. This has been, and always will be, our number one priority. We will continue to deliver the very best in police services and we will invest in technology to help us in our crime fighting initiatives.
Second, we will work diligently to make the citizens of St. Louis feel safe. We will accomplish this by proactively addressing crime and finding solutions to challenges as they arise in our neighborhoods. Working together we can find long-term solutions to important issues.
Lastly, we will focus on improving communication within the Department and with the community. Providing timely information on important issues as they arise is critical in building trust. Strengthening the relationship between our Department and the citizens of St. Louis is very important for our future success. Communication will play a key role in this process.
As we prepare for the changes ahead it is important that we not lose sight of the Department's core values; service, leadership, integrity, and fair treatment to all. These core values are the basis for every decision we make.
It has always been my belief that even when something is working, there is always room for improvement. You have my commitment to work every day to make the Department the best it can be for our employees and the community and to continue to look for ways to achieve greatness.