CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape Coral's new police chief is recruiting you to help keep the streets safe.
Chief Jay Murphy sat down with WINK News Tuesday to spell out his plan to keep cape Coral one of the safest cities in the state and it starts with you.
"There's a lot of changes philosophically that has came about in the last few months," said Chief Jay Murphy.
Murphy was promoted to Chief after being the interim for 9 months.
Under his leadership as Interim Chief, Jay Murphy says the mission of the Cape Coral Police Department shifted for the better.
"We've already put some things in place," he said about his plans for the department.
One of his Murphy's bigger plans is start a citizens advisory board.
It'll be made up of 12-15 people from the community, who will be the voice for the public, to express their concerns and expectations.
"There's a wealth of knowledge in this community. We want to hear what the community wants the police department to be like," Chief Murphy said.
Due to budget cuts some positions in the department have been eliminated.
Chief Murphy has strategically placed police officers across the city to make up the difference.
But fostering a stronger, more trustful relationship with residents is also key to keeping the streets safe.
"Our obligation to them is to provide the service they want. The community's obligation to us, is to tell us what they want," he said.
Cape PD is authorized to have 231 police officers.
Right now they have 221.
In the next few weeks, Chief Murphy says he will add three more officers to the force, but that's it until 2013.