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Big changes for Macon Police Department

Changes are underway at the Macon Police Department.

Posted: Mar 7, 2018 8:31 PM

MACON, Miss. (WTVA)- Changes are underway at the Macon Police Department.

A long-time sergeant was fired Tuesday night, but the new acting police chief Davine Beck said he is confident in his remaining officers.

"The board chose me to move the community in a different direction and I'm confident I can," said Beck.

Beck was appointed the acting chief a little over two weeks ago by the board after the board expressed morale issues with the prior chief, forcing him into retirement.

"It seems like with small departments the morale is easy to get down," explained Beck. "You need somebody to build it back up."

Beck hopes under his leadership he'll be able to rally his officers.

His goal for the department is to crack down on traffic violations and collect old fines.

The acting chief said he plans to apply for chief position.

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