A new Metro Captain is taking over the South-Central Area Command and she wants to make some changes.
Captain Kelly McMahill heard from people in the community about some of their concerns and the occasional crime.
Captain McMahill says she believes in good old-fashioned policing. There are 107 police officers in the South-Central Area Command and McMahill says she wants to make sure that those officers know the people in the community, so they can offer any additional assistance.
“When you get to hear their concerns one on one I think it really puts into perspective what people are seeing and feeling and hearing within their neighborhoods because we don’t always get to go inside those neighborhoods at the exact time that things are happening,” McMahill said.
McMahill met with residents Tuesday night to talk about some of the issues in their neighborhoods. Most of the 911 calls police received this year have been about the homeless.
“They’re defecating in people’s front yards. They’re obstructing sidewalks, scaring kids on the way to school so although not violent, we take those calls very seriously,” McMahill said.
McMahill is urging people not to give homeless people money and believes that will only encourage them to stay.
“It’s just magnified so quickly. I think right now we have a maintenance plan in place,” McMahill added. “I have community policing officers that go out and they try to do their best along with all of the county entities to clean up however the problem just comes back continually.”
According to McMahill, she wants to collaborate with other government agencies to fix the homeless problem. So far, police have received 270 911 or 311 calls this year. Only six of those calls were violent, but the majority have been domestic violence related.
The area command was recently given six extra officers.
8 News NOW has learned that McMahill wants officers out of their cars, interacting with people on foot patrols or on bicycles to getting to know residents in the surrounding community.