New police chief plans to put more people on payroll

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Doug Shoemaker has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. Now, his career brings him to the Chief’s desk in Grand Junction.

He’s been wearing the Chief’s badge at the Grand Junction Police Department for about a month, and said he has no plans of leaving any time soon. He and his family have friends in Colorado and the Valley, and Shoemaker said he even plans on retiring here.

The new Chief does have some new ideas for the Police Department. He said he wants to improve on services, doing so ethically. To do that, he may just need more people on the payroll.

"What currents do we currently have; what do we need to change that to, if that change is necessary, and how do we staff those appropriately to make sure we're efficient and effective in how we deliver the services," said Shoemaker.

He said the Department will be hiring more people, and that they’ve had “pretty intense” discussions on ways that can happen.

Part of the public safety tax voters approved in November can help with that.

"We're going through a budget process now,” said Shoemaker.

He said he plans on hiring people from dispatch to officers and everywhere in between.

"This is a team effort on all levels," said Shoemaker.

He said they will be “very assertive” in taking steps to recruit the people they need at the Police Department.

"I'm excited about some very some very big potential things down the road," said Shoemaker.

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