Dozens of Augusta residents met with Sheriff Richard Roundtree on Thursday night. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office held a town hall meeting at the Diamond Lakes Community Center to talk about the sheriff's first year in office.
Crimes numbers are down in several different categories, and Roundtree attributed that to his administration. Residents had to the opportunity to talk with the sheriff, and most of them seem to be happy with what he is doing.
The town hall meeting was held so that Augusta residents could have their questions answered... but instead of showing up with complaints, these Augustans showed up with praise.
"I think he's been doing great and I think he should keep up the good work. Whatever he is doing it's working very well," Cyndi Ducker says.
"This is the first time we've actually had a sheriff that knocks on my door, comes to the neighborhood and actually talks to the people. No crimes going on, nothing, yet he really wants to get involved with the community," Henry Wise says.
Roundtree has been sheriff for almost a year and a lot of residents say they feel safer because of it. The sheriff says the reason that crime numbers are going down is because of community-oriented and data-driven policing.
"So we take the data, we take the existing technology and try to do crime patterns, and then place offers where we feel all those crime patterns are happening and when they are most needed. It's not a secret formula, just the fact that we are restructuring our organization to put officers on the street when the crimes are happening," Roundtree says.
And now that the sheriff's office is using social media to connect with the community, a lot of residents say that Roundtree is making the Sheriff's Office more friendly.
"I didn't feel like in the past, even though the other sheriff said it was an open door policy, I didn't feel that and I didn't see that. But with this new sheriff we have now, he actually has an open door policy. You can call him," Wise says.
And with 2014 on the horizon, Roundtree told residents to expect more changes to the Sheriff's Office.
"We are restructuring our patrol division, so we are going to try to double, sometimes triple the number of officers on the street, using existing personnel," Roundtree says.
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