New Deputy Police Chief John King hopes to work with the police union to offer the same level of policing at a reduced price and to focus efforts on break-ins and drug crimes.
King took the position in April and will be the sole deputy chief, following the retirement of Deputy Chief Charles Paris on June 30.
“It’s slightly different work, but I’m ready for it, and I look forward to the challenge,” King said.
Promoted from lieutenant, King has served with the Milton Police since 1992. A resident of Milton, King said he got to know the community better through his work with the department.
The two most common crimes the department sees are housebreaks in the daytime and car break-ins at night, King said. Addressing those problems also involves addressing issues with addiction and drugs, as that tends to be the cause of many of those crimes, he said.
“You can’t arrest your way out of the problem,” King said of drug abuse.
He said effectively fighting drugs involves working with the newly formed drug and veterans courts, treatment centers, and the schools.
As for running the department cheaper, King plans to work with union leaders to make operations more efficient. King used to head the patrolman’s union himself, and said he knows the importance of working effectively with the union.
That efficiency involves targeting the specific crimes of the housebreaks and car break-ins, he said.
For King, working as an effective police officer means a lot of community policing and getting to know community members.
“People come on and expect action, but a lot of this job is just the routine stuff,” King said. “Building networks and relationships – those pay off the biggest dividends in your career.”
In his off hours, King focuses on fitness as his main hobby, he said.
King’s increased responsibility includes being the head of several units rather than just one, which is the job of a lieutenant, he said.
“I feel fortunate that I’ve had a variety of experiences I’ve benefitted from,” he said.