SNYDER, Texas — Snyder's new police chief is officially on the job.
Earl Morrison was sworn in Monday as the city's new police chief.
And already, he's looking ahead to better the department.
After getting his start in law enforcement 18 years ago in Deer Park, just east of Houston, he worked in patrol, narcotics, and criminal investigation. Following his stay in southeast Texas, Morrison was sworn in as chief of Police in Hutto, just north of Austin.
Morrison says each job gave him the experience to be where he is now.
"It helped to have a better understanding of the ins and outs of the police department, having that well rounded experience in different fields," Morrison said.
Morrison says communication between law enforcement and the community will be his main goal.
"If we don't become a part of the community, then we don't understand what their needs or concerns are so it's really a way for people to get involved and build those partnerships and relationships," Morrison said.
As for changes within the department, he says keeping up with changing technology to best serve the community is also high on the list.
Response protocol in schools is something that is being scrutinized all over the country, and Morrison says he plans to work with schools and other first responders to make sure protocol is up to date.
"We'll be reviewing all those things. One for me because it's all new to me but the other reason is to make sure we are up to date with how we should do those things moving forward," Morrison said.
He says to look for events like "coffee with a cop" or "chat with the chief" that will increase communication in the community.
"I'll be out and about. I'll be looking for people, to talk to people and wanting the main thing to be how we as the police department can better serve the city of Snyder," Morrison said.