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Jan 6, 2011 6:27 PM by Shawn Kline

Officers Shuffled in Eunice

A new police chief is reorganizing the house after just six days in office.
The Eunice Police Department will see some major changes over the weekend: changes residents hope will translate into results.
"From what I've heard from different people, it's going to be a much stricter policy." Chris Cortina says, "the city needs a stricter policy to be honest with you."
He's talking about policies some Eunice residents hope will improve the way crime is handled.
"We need some improvement." Daryl Smith says, "and he'll go ahead and do it."
"I think he's doing a good job." Kyle Melancon says, "it's something the city's been looking forward to."
"There used to be an assistant chief years ago then there was two captains." Chief Ronald Dies recalled, "with two captains, I don't think you're using the department efficiently."
Chief Dies is restructuring his staff; appointing deputy chiefs instead of captains; a move he says makes the department more efficient.
"You can make sure everything is done within the guidelines and everything is done effectively and correctly." Dies says, "the way I was trained, the way I did police work, where I come from, everybody was trained, everybody had a specific goal."
A goal Chief Dies says is now clear to everyone on his payroll.
He says each officer will have specific duties and the department will be more organized as part of these changes in policy.
Dies is also approaching the way citizens view the police department. When taking calls, he's asking his officers to pull over in visible areas.
He's also looking to expand- expecting to hire more detectives and officers in the coming weeks.

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