Drain: Community policing, response times among top priorities in new role

Drain: Community policing, response times among top priorities in new role
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Interim Police Chief Ed Drain will assume the role full-time in October, according to the City of Amarillo Monday morning.

Chief Drain accepted the position at a press conference at Amarillo City Hall. Drain was named interim chief shortly after longtime Chief Robert Taylor retired in June.

After his introduction from Interim City Manager Terry Childers, Drain listed his top priorities for the police department as community policing, establishing a domestic violence unit, and lowering the response time after an emergency call is made.

"This is a great day for the Amarillo Police Department and for the community," said Childers. "To attract someone of Ed's caliber, leadership, experience, and knowledge of policing will improve the way police serve the community."

The new chief said it is also important to establish a proper deployment strategy for "peak hours" of need.

"[Chief Drain] is a quality leader and a man of intelligence and substance," Childers said. "I expect him to take [the Amarillo Police Department] into the 21st century."

Community policing became a high-priority item after Drain assumed the interim role this summer. Drain reallocated officers from APD's PACE unit to patrol areas in Amarillo with high crime rates.

"Strategically, I want to get our crime numbers down by having a little bit more visibility on the street," said Drain. "We need to give officers more time to engage with the community."

"I'm looking forward to watching him put his vision into place," said Mayor Harpole. "His experience in both a larger city and the military will help command his work inside our cities. I think it's a great announcement for our community."

Drain joined the Plano Police Department in 1994 and served in multiple capacities before moving to Amarillo.

Former Chief Taylor, who's retirement became effective in July, served in the capacity since 2007.

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