JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - New Jennings Chief of Police Danny Semmes says he wants to focus on community.
One of Semmes' top priorities as the new chief is to build the relationship between the police and the public. He wants to make sure people see police as friends and not something to fear.
"We want to build a positive image for the community. We want to public to see us in a positive light. That's one of the things I want the officers to do is to interact with the community when it's not necessarily involved in a criminal case. We don't want to public to see us just when there's an arrest being made."
Jennings mayor Henry Guinn recently appointed Semmes as chief.
Semmes has been working with the Jennings Police Department for 10 years. Six months ago, Semmes filled the role of interim chief after his predecessor, Todd D'albor stepped down.
Though he admits he has big shoes to fill, Semmes is up to the challenge.
"There's nothing else I'd rather do. I really do love my community. I thank the good Lord every day for an opportunity to serve."
Semmes is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement.