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Pass Christian's new police chief wants better salaries for officers

Tim Hendricks was sworn in as police chief Friday, taking the place of John Dubuisson, who retired after 30 years as chief. (Photo source: WLOX) Tim Hendricks was sworn in as police chief Friday, taking the place of John Dubuisson, who retired after 30 years as chief. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

For the first time in three decades, Pass Christian has a new top cop. Tim Hendricks was sworn in as police chief Friday, taking the place of John Dubuisson, who retired after 30 years as chief.

When Hendricks got into law enforcement back in 1987, he said he never envisioned he'd one day be a police chief, but that changed over time.

"Being the front line as a patrolman, it's a very important responsibility to take on but again, becoming chief, I think you can shape the community that you're in," said Hendricks.

Hendricks said one of his priorities is building strong bonds between the community and the Pass Christian Police Department. After only a few days on the job, he is already looking to implement programs to help do that.

"We are just a partner in the community. We're just part of it," Hendricks said. "So, having that relationship with the community, especially in light of a lot of events around the country, there could be misconceptions about law enforcement, and we want to kind of bridge that gap and let the community know what we're about and who we are."

Meanwhile, Hendricks is also getting to know the 19 other sworn officers on the force and letting them know he has their back. He is urging city leaders to hire a warrants officer to keep other officers from having to come off patrol to serve warrants. He's championing for better equipment and better pay to reduce turnover.

"Officers would come in, they would get the basic training and knowledge and go elsewhere," Hendricks said. "We invest a lot in our personnel here. It's an expense to send someone to the academy and train them and get them to a certain level, so naturally, we do want to form a family and a team here that people want to stay. With that, they deserve the same pay as everybody on the Coast."

Hendricks says he wants people with questions and suggestions to know he has an open door policy.

He began his law enforcement career in Ohio. He worked for 15 years with the Biloxi Police Department, then six years with D'Iberville Police Department before taking the chief position.

Pass Christian will hold a swearing in ceremony for the new chief on July 7 after the board of aldermen meeting.

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