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Ferris hires new police chief

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ERIC CORNELISON
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FERRIS - Since the sudden resignation of former Police Chief R. C. Nettles in March and the almost six month interim with Mike Zaidle at the helm, the city council has finally found what they describe as the best possible fit for the City of Ferris' chief of police. Mike Braly, a retired Corpus Christi police officer, has begun his reign as the Ferris chief of police.

After serving three years in the Army, Braly went on to get his Associates in Criminal Justice at Delmar College and then to Texas A & M for his Bachelor's in Science.

Ferris has gone through a lot of police chiefs over the last five years and Braly hopes to stop this trend.

'I wanted a chief's position and this seemed like the best fit,' said Braly.

Braly was currently overhauling the standard operating procedures and how the police department maintained their records, which, according to Braly needed attention.

'Besides revamping some troubled areas of the department, our main priorities are the same priorities of the community,' Braly said.

Braly explained how he wanted to see the police officers interacting with the community more than they have in the past.

Community members should not be afraid of the police, they welcome them into their environments and spend time with them so there is more trust between the citizens and the police department explained Braly.

Another problem area for the police department in the past has been the turnover in police officers, many have come aboard as a stepping stone to better law enforcement positions elsewhere which have left the police short handed at times and kept a revolving door moving at Ferris.

'I think we can maintain a core group of officer here at Ferris by hiring officers who have deep roots in the community,' said Braly.

'They are raising their families here and they want to stay in the community.'

Braly has plans for more community involvement and wants to see his officers more involved with the events already planned in the community along with having a National Night Out similar to the ones held by other police departments in the community this past month.

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