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TPD’s Chief Moton adjusting to new role

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Friday marks one week since Bill Moton was appointed chief of the Toledo Police Department.

The chief says he's been on a learning curve, adjusting from heading up the homicide department to leading the whole police department. He says he's been working with Mayor D. Michael Collins to lay the groundwork for something that will affect the community for years to come: reopening the Northwest District Station.

In November, Collins said he would reopen the station when he became mayor. Days after Chief Moton assumed his new role, he was walking through the station with Collins to figure out how to make the plan work within 100 days.

"There are a few problems that are being taken care of by facilities, and I think that we are on a good footing and I think we will accomplish that," Moton said.

He says water damage and some leaks in the roof are all problems that are well on their way to being fixed, and reopening that station will bridge a gap in the community.

"The intelligence that we are gathering along that corridor would also help say how we need to place our resources in that area," he said. "And the people seem to be very excited about it."

The chief mentions the people of the community often. He says in the coming weeks he looks forward to introducing himself.

"We're part of that community," he said. "I need to be out there, along with my deputy chiefs and the other officers, to let them know we care about their safety."

Moton says he looks forward to meshing technology that Chief Diggs brought to the department with manpower, incorporating a push to strengthen block watch programs and coupling that with input from Toledoans to make the city safer.

"We're making decisions about crime in this city, but to make informed decisions, you have to have input," he said.

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