Nashville Reporters: “Hate to See Serpas Go”

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It may be some time before we begin to see the work of incoming police superintendent Ronal Serpas. He's busy with Nashville flooding. Still, we wanted to get a better idea of Serpas from that community.

The future New Orleans Police Chief is busy dealing with something we know all too well. "Downtown is doing really, really well. There are still a couple of areas where we still have water." Incoming Superintendent Ronal Serpas is continuing recovery efforts in Nashville before taking his position here.

Serpas was appointed Nashville's Police Chief in 2004 and he's credited with six years of consecutive drops in overall crime rates. But he hasn't always been popular in Nashville. The Tennessean reports when he took office, he was scrutinized for officers initiating traffic stops as a way to sniff out bigger crimes. Human rights watchdogs were upset. But residents say that curbed drug deals, they're pleased with his strong presence in the community and his push for community policing. "We are seeing some people calling saying they're noticing people in their neighborhoods with boats and their watercraft. Sometimes it's just their neighbors. But don't miss the opportunity to call the police department and let us look into it for you," he tells the community.

However, a survey released last month shows some officers have low morale. Serpas disputed those findings and admitted he could work on better communication within the department. With conflicting information, ABC 26 decided to contact some Nashville reporters who have covered Serpas through the years. Their opinion is actually glowing. They tell us they hate to see him go, saying he's media-friendly, open and Nashville is a much better place since he became top cop.

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