City officials are celebrating today for Captain Joseph Kane who will take over for current Chief Robertson come January, 2016.
While Kane said there is a lot of work ahead, he is proud to assume the position in the city he was born and raised in.
“I’ve worked hard in my career to finally achieve this and I finally have so I’m very proud to be here I’m proud of them are Police Department I’m proud of everyone who works here.,” said Kane.
City officials and retiring Police Chief Mike Robertson joined in a round of applause for Kane.
Kimberlee Middaugh, Elmira City Manager, said there would have been additional costs associated with looking outside of the force for a new chief but was clear that was not the motivation behind hiring from within. Granted the hard financial times ahead for the city, she is confident Kane is the man for the job.
“Our hands are tied in a lot of areas and we need to come up with new creative ways to still provide that same level of police enforcement and to keep our citizens safe as we move forward into some very difficult challenging financial times for our city,” said Middaugh.
Kane said the way Elmira handles the issues that lead to crime within its community will make a world of a difference moving forward.
“Drugs is a huge part of our community and the problems that it causes and that is something we need to focus on and we need our patrol,” said Kane. “To take care of minor problems before they get bigger and then rely on our investigators to take care of the bigger problems.”
Kane said another crucial part of turning the crime around in the city are the residents themselves.
“If they see something say something,” said Kane. “They are our best witnesses, there are more people out there in our community than there are police officers. We need them to be our eyes and ears.”
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