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WELSH, LA (KPLC) -

A new year and a new police chief for the town of Welsh. KPLC caught up with the new chief, Marcus Crochet, and what he has in store for Welsh.

Crochet was elected as the new Chief of Police on the Nov. 6, 2012 election.

He took office in the beginning of January and things are already pretty busy for him as he prepares for the job ahead of him.

Crochet said most of the work this year so far has been cleaning up the police department, checking inventory, checking resources and making sure everything is ready to go. But those aren't the only changes. 

"We re-interviewed everybody, made everybody reapply and the changes we made were I guess the best benefit," Crochet said.

But taking over as chief also comes with some challenges.

"We're challenged with a lot of different things within the last year, so we're going to take on those things," he said. "We have the homicide. We just have other open cases that are normal."

Crochet said he and his department will go through each case, re-interview everybody and see if there's anything that was left out.

And along with reworking the open cases to try to get some answers, Crochet said he hopes to reach out to the community.

"We just need to reassure, go out and reassure our citizens that we're trustworthy and earn that trust," he said. "We're going to do the best we can to provide security and safety for everybody."

Crochet said it's been pretty quiet in Welsh so far. You can watch the entire interview with Chief Marcus Crochet on our webpage.

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