New Police Chief Gets To Work Amidst Controversy

Laura Brock has taken over the Saint Jo Police Department during a controversial time in the small town.

"There will be some changes made in policy and procedures that are currently in place," said New Saint Jo Police Chief Brock. "It's going to take me some time, but I'm going to do the best I can to get it up to par and where we need to be."

Chief Brock started work on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, taking over for former Chief Bill Reynolds, who resigned over what he believed was the wrongful firing of fellow Saint Jo Officer Gary Amburn. This was all amidst allegations from two residents that officers had used unnecessary force with them.

Brock was drawn to the "small town feel" of Saint Jo, and thinks her "people personality" will help her win over residents.

"There's a stigma that comes with law enforcement anyway... some people love you, some people hate you, that's not going to change," said Chief Brock. "But I think if I can get out and meet with the citizens and deal with them fairly and can still do your job and not be aggressive."

A third officer, Brian Keating, was hired into the Saint Jo Police Department on the same night as Chief Brock.

Keating must still be formally trained, but Chief Brock said this is the most manpower the Department has ever had, and she believes that will make day to day operations run more smoothly.