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BPD Interim Chief says he will stay the course

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:47:20 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Bloomington's new top cop says he will continue working on the strategic plan developed under departing Chief Randy McKinley. Interim Chief Clay Wheeler says problems with the tavern district downtown will continue to get attention.

"I have recently assigned a couple officers from midnight shift to problem oriented policing project in downtown, focused on that during the major times Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and there is also a Supervisor from midnights that can be down there and make contact with the bar owners and managers."

Wheeler says the police department will also continue working with the liquor commission, city staff, and council to limit the number and density of bars by attrition. Wheeler says there are other elements of the strategic plan which should receive emphasis as well.

"We have some items in the plan about improving infrastructure that we have kind of let go like the range, when we were facing budget cuts and so forth in the city. It will be achieving some of that."

Wheeler says the plan also includes new technology which could help relay important information faster to the public. Outgoing Chief Randy McKinley's last day is Friday. McKinley is retiring in Illinois and taking another job in Missouri.

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