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Local faith leaders showing support for newly named police chief Lawrence Revell

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 18:18:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Faith leaders stood with Lawrence Revell as he was officially introduced as the next chief, showing their support.

Faith leaders we spoke with say they're looking forward to working with Revell to increase community engagement.

Revell said on Thursday that he has plans to not only increase community policing, but to also start a citizens advisory committee and regularly hold meetings between the Tallahassee Police Department and the people.

Pastors we talked to say they want to do just that. Pastor Greg James says there is a big divide in this community and he wants to the incoming chief to get everyone working together.

"We have someone who grew up right here. Understand the dynamics in our community. Understands the importance of what we're facing," said Pastor James. "So I'm excited about being in alignment, from a community standpoint, from a faith standpoint, to work toward healing some of the ill that our community faces."

Revell said he has lot of plans to bring the community together that he will be unveiling soon.

Revell says one of the key factors in doing so is filling vacancies throughout the department.

He says he will work on hiring new people as quickly as possible.