New Leader Prepares to Take Over the Loves Park Police Department

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- The soon to be leader of the Loves Park Police Department is already coming up with ways to keep his officers well connected to the community. Deputy Chief Rodney Scott will take the top job next month when current Loves Park Police Chief Jim Puckett retires.

Scott has been on the department for 12 years. He worked his way up, starting as a patrol officer, and then was promoted to detective, then deputy chief. As Chief, Scott aims to further reduce the property crime in Loves Park, plus develop better strategies to cut down on domestic violence. He plans to stay active in the community, patrolling a beat when he can and forming connections with the youngest residents of Loves Park.

“I think there is a lot of equity that can be gained from meeting with the kids during different times of the school year. We may not be able to measure that equity but who knows how it will pay off down the road building a positive relationship, especially with the kids. I’ll definitely plan to continue those things,” says Deputy Chief Rodney Scott.

Scott will officially take the reins on February third. He'll be sworn in alongside the new deputy chief, Charles Lynde, and Detective Shane Lynch who's being promoted to sergeant.

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