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The following is the article on the Bryan Police Department that appeared in the Bryan Times on Monday October 1, 1984.


New chief heads city police dept.

By Linda Shambarger
Times City Editor


  A new police chief, the new position of assistant chief, renovation of the building and a decrease in crime have been significant changes in the Bryan Police Department in the past half decade.
  In May 1980, James Phillips was named police chief and succeeded Robert Koverman, who resigned after serving three years in the position. Chief Phillips has been employed with the police department since April 1965 and previously worked with the street department.
  Two months later, the position of assistant police chief was created and Leroy "Rick" Mock was named to that office.
  Also in 1980,John Florkowski was promoted to lieutenant while Jim Snivley and Deb Shindledecker were promoted to sergeant. Three police officers were employed - Doug Ernest, Phil Weaver and Jeff Arnold - while Roma Degroff retired as dispatcher.  A total of 19 people were employed with the department in 1980.
  In 1981, Jim Rolland resigned while the parking meter maid was placed on layoff due to cutbacks in the city's operating budget. The department employed 17 people.
 Their were no personnel changes in 1982.
 In 1983, the city's financial status improved and the meter maid was called back to work while officers Matthew Arnold and Rex Lawrence were employed. Officer Phillip Weaver was named an investigator while officer Gary Nungester was assigned as court bailiff at the new municipal court in the city hall annex.   
  In 1984, officer Weaver resigned to accept another position and Rex Lawrence was named investigator. Colin Rose was employed as a police officer. With free metered parking on a six month trial basis, the meter maid was reassigned as a dispatcher. A total of 20 people are currently working at the department.
  Although the department is still short three officers from 1979 employment figures, Chief Phillips said he feels the organization, dedication, training and determination of all of his officers has more than made up the difference in in personnel numbers. Although cutbacks in the city's operating budget resulted in some layoffs, he said his department has gained by being better organized while having efficient officers.       
  A foot patrol program in downtown Bryan was established and during the school year a police officer is assigned to work the school areas in the morning and the afternoon to assist school workers if any problems arise. Officers have continued to conduct crime prevention programs over the years, which have help reduced the city's crime rate. And every year, officers have been involved with safety town and the trick-or-treat safety program. 
  Since 1980, Chief Phillips said 4,000 hours have been devoted by officers to obtaining formal training in the investigation of accidents, patrol tactics, criminal investigation, child abuse and management.
  Citizens' calls for police services have averaged 6,400 a year to the Bryan Police Department and have remained constant in the past five years. Chief Phillips said calls have ranged from police escorts, assistance in being locked out of a building or car to getting a cat out of a tree or reporting an accident or crime.
  In the past three years alone, Chief Phillips said the police department has experienced a 33 percent reduction in major crimes and an 8 percent increase in the clearance of crimes. In 1980, there were 481 major crimes reported with 36 percent cleared and in 1983, 342 major crimes were reported with 41 percent cleared. Major crimes are rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto thefts. 
  Chief Phillips said the figures indicate a constant improvement in the city's crime rate as well as the police department's clearance rate. The national average clearance rate is 25-30 percent. "I'm fairly well pleased with two factors - a reduction in the crime rate while increasing our clearance rate." He credited the low crime rate and high clearance rate to the cooperation received from the community and better trained officers. 
  The city's accident rate has also declined over the years with 596 reported in 1980, 587 in 1981, 511 in 1982 and 461 in 1983 with only one fatality occurring in that four year time span.
  The department has three marked and two unmarked police cars. Two new cars were received in May with cars replaced every two years to keep maintenance cost low and maintain efficient operating vehicles. Also two K-55 radar units were purchased in 1983 and installed in the patrol cars. Red light siren equipment on all cars were replaced with new siren equipment. Camera and fingerprint equipment was purchased. Also scan-head radios were installed in the patrol cars to improve communication with the Bryan Police Department as well as other police agencies, the sheriff's department and state patrol.
  While there have been personnel changes there have been physical changes in the Bryan Police Department as well with the renovation of the city hall building. A new dispatch area was created with the use of the mayor's waiting waiting area while the police chief's new office was the mayor's office. In addition, a new squad room for officers was created and the offices of the assistant police chief, investigator and polygrapher were located on the second floor of the building.
  The police department would not be successful without the assistant of police reserve officers, who provide an average of 2,500 hours of free service each year. All reserves have been trained and certified through a school conducted by Chief Phillips in 1983.
  Police reserve officers are: Linus Imm, Russell Robinson, Dick Snivley, Al Hughes, Dick Moog, Jeff Bennett, Jim Livengood, Rollie Gray, Joe Imm, Doug Meyer, Bill Whitman, Dana Andrews, Dan Stoll, Nelson Carder, Randy Bockover and Dean Calvin.
  The police department also employees eight school crossing guards.

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