ST. ANN, MO (KTVI)-- St. Ann police Chief Aaron Jimenez has been making changes since his election last April. The 16 year veteran says when the former chief retired he knew it was time to jump in and make changes 30 to be exact.
"It`s a new era that`s how I see it, I have some fresh ideas. Since I made the changes the morale has skyrocketed I would say 90 percent of the department everyone including dispatchers are actually happy with the changes," said Jimenez.
Some of the changes range from the removing tint from patrol cars to community outreach and employee recognition. Officers went from 8 to 12 hour shifts.
The chief is also planning to add bait cars and surveillance cameras to the mix.
When it comes to the racial profiling controversy, both Latino advocates and the chief say relations are better. As for accident reduction corridor on I-70, the number of officers on the highway dropped from 9 to 5.
Jimenez says it a new day at his department and plans to move forward with his 39 officers and 20 reserves to keep his city safe.
"I took away the ranks of corporals and made sergeants and lieutenants which was important," he said.