New Hillview Police Chief looks to rebuild trust after former chief's removal
HILLVIEW, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new police chief is tasked with rebuilding public trust in Hillview after the former chief was found guilty of lying to the FBI.
Chief Bill Mahoney has been in law enforcement for 21 years. He's worked with police departments in Hillview, Mt. Washington, and Louisville. He now hopes to bring transparency to the department and build an honest relationship with Hillview residents.
“I do take it very seriously,” Chief Mahoney told WDRB News.
Chief Mahoney has officially been the man in charge of the Hillview Police department since March 16, 2015.
“I really inherited a police department that has a group of officers that's really been doing a good job every single day,” Mahoney said.
He takes over from former Chief Glenn Caple. Last month, a federal jury convicted Caple of lying to the FBI. It stems from a 2012 incident when a backpack with a meth lab in it was found in the mayor's backyard and moved to a different location. The FBI said Caple lied about having the bag moved.
“It's really building trust through our actions with the department, not just what we say. We need to do more for them,” said Mahoney. “We're just trying to get our officers out there more talking to people as opposed to just patrolling and writing citations.”
He says the hardest part will be restructuring policies and procedures and creating a new detective's position.
Hillview Police are also now working toward a Kentucky League of Cities Accreditation.
“I really do feel like this is going to be a police department that they can continue to be proud of and trust and do some great things in the future,” Mahoney said.
The Department has 13 officers right now. Chief Mahoney hopes to have 15 by July, including one extra D.A.R.E. officer for the schools.
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