Residents Demand A Police Chief

Residents Demand A Police Chief

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PRICHARD, ALABAMA -

"We want a police chief, we demand this, we deserve it," said a Prichard resident.

There hasn't been a police chief in Prichard since December 20th, 2012. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I can no longer just simply tolerate the rambling off of 22 rapid fire shots in my community and then see on tv and in the newspaper that our interim chief had no idea that we had this kind of crime in our neighborhoods," said a resident.

Residents packed tonight's city council meeting to demand answers, asking why it's taking nearly a year to find a replacement. Some are blaming Mayor Troy Ephriam for the slow process.

"We are going to be respected in this city and we are going to get a police chief, whether it's through him or if we have to take other means through our local, state, county and federal governments. Someone is going to send us some help in the City of Prichard," said a resident.

Mayor Ephriam says there are 5 candidates for the position. He's hoping to narrow that list down to 3 by Tuesday of next week.

"High quality, high valued candidates, that the people are really going to be excited about. I'm encouraged by the candidates who have basically been going through this process, the caliber of the candidates. We will have a top-notch police chief for our department. It will improve our public safety which is our main goal," said Mayor Ephriam.

Still, residents don't feel like the mayor or council aren't moving fast enough.

"You tell the citizens to come out and participate. You don't want citizens to come in here to tell you what's wrong, you don't want it," said a resident, addressing the council.

"We are the ones that are the victims. We are the ones that are suffering. We are the ones that we see the bullets flying through the air every night, cars are being hijacked and crimes are steady going on," said a resident.

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