HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Police Chief Jeffrey Hooper announced recently that his department has gone to a beat system. The same officers will patrol the same parts of the city each day. The city has been divided into four areas.
Chief Hooper made the change when he took over and talked about that change Friday morning.
He says he believes in community policing:
Chief Hooper also commented on what is expected of those officers as they work their beats daily:
So far, he says the system has topped his expectations:
Recent body-cam footage showed officers taking time for a snowball fight with local youth.