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The South Bend community has questions for new police chief

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"I think the first thing that everyone in the community wants to see is the South Bend Police Department having a better relationship with the community," says Mario Sims, the president of Citizens United for a Better Government, a group that publicly criticized how the now infamous tapes saga was handled and the demotion of Chief Darryl Boykins.

"It's important for this new police chief to build moral at the South Bend Police Department," says Sims.

He also wants to see this chief address the murder rate. And if he had the chance, he'd ask Chief Ron Teachman a few questions.

"My question would be what is his major focus right now? We need to know what his plans are."

He's not the only one with questions.

"My first question would be if he had to identify what his first 90 days would look like, what would it look like?" Common Council Member, Karen White, says she wants to see him engaged in the community. "What are some of the activities, what are some of the processes? Who would he want to meet with?"

Downtown South Bend Director Aaron Perri also hopes the new chief focuses on community policing. "Being involved with folks, the idea that the first time people see an officer, isn't when there's an issue."

And what types of issues do citizens want the chief to address? 

"How do you feel about stepping into a position that had so much controversy about it?" asks Donald Willman.

"I would ask our new police chief what is he going to do to combat, lower the crime rate in the area?" asks Mike Szymanski.

"I hope he's able to bring that trust back to the people in the area," says Willman.

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