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Socorro police hope to regain community's trust
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- After Socorro fired four police officers last year, the police department is trying to regain the public's trust.
"We're trying to make these officers more knowledgeable, more professional, so that way, they know how to talk to the public, gain their trust and make sure they don't violate any kinds of policies and procedures," acting Police Chief Edmundo Montoya said.
Some residents said they have been waiting for changes within the police department.
"I don't have confidence in them. I've been pulled over for silly things. I've heard stories that they do it on purpose to get quotas," Socorro resident Jessica Dominguez said.
Socorro's new City Council is also getting involved in restoring the police department's reputation.
"We want to hire people with experience and professionalism. I think we've done a good job of that so far," Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz said.
"Some of them are retired from El Paso, honorably retired, and they're coming over here to help us with the rebuilding. We're doing a lot more training," Montoya said.
Ruiz also said the council plans to look into permanently hiring someone for the chief's position next month.
"We will probably open up the applications, see who applies and decide from there. We haven't really talked about it yet," Ruiz said.
Montoya also said the police department plans to help start neighborhood watch programs and participate in community service events.