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Connects Against Crime: One on One with CRPD Chief Wayne Jerman

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman has spent the past four weeks walking in and out of meetings.

"I'm enjoying meeting all of the employees, visiting all the role calls, both patrol role calls and I'm meeting with groups of investigators to become better acquainted with how they do their jobs," Jerman said.
Jerman takes over a department that has it's fair share of community problems.
The city is dealing with constant neighborhood crime, particularly gun violence.

"It is in my vision, it is becoming a priority  to reduce and I would like to say stop the violence," says Jerman. 

One of the crimes on his mind right now is the unsolved murder of LaTasha Roundtree.

"I receive a routine briefing on the status of the investigation and I've been assured that the investigation is continuing," Jerman said.

While he's confident in the investigators working the case. Jerman says he will also hit the street. Part of his plan is to ride along with officers, responding to crimes.
"It will help me greatly to get out and ride with them," says Jerman. 

Jerman hopes that his time on the street with officers will help him in his approach to cracking down on gang violence.

"That's something that we will look to address through a number of means not just enforcement but we will have to do some outreach," he says. 

All of this is part of the master plan Jerman says he has for the department.
The overall goal is to have a department the community trust. 
Connects Against Crime: One on One with CRPD Chief Wayne Jerman

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