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Police Chief Smith brings a different approach to department, community

November 16, 2013 • Local News

Roswell Police Chief Phil Smith brings more than 28 years and several generations of experience, along with a new perspective, to the RPD. (Jessica Palmer Photo)

Roswell’s new Police Chief Phil Smith is pleased with his new post and admits this is part of a long-term plan, but such was not always the case.

Career goals changed with the birth of his first child, Kaitlyn. Before, he was content to remain on patrol and coach high school wrestling. After Kaitlyn’s birth, he began to think in terms of specific goals and career advancement to ensure quality of life for Kaitlyn, who is now 21 years old.

Kaitlyn was later joined by brother Philip and sister Payton.

Smith will apply the same concept to his job of chief.

“We often discuss how we can enhance quality of life for all of Roswell’s citizens,” he said. “Only a small segment of society are offenders. We’re not going to stop it by putting people into jail and cycling them back out again.

“The social system is overburdened. Mental health care is a national problem and is in some cases absent.”

He holds similar goals for all the men and women employed by the Roswell Police Department — how to Login to read more

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