The interim chief Eugene Ellis from the Monroe Police Department soothed a worried crowd on Thursday night.
He said the MPD is very much capable at handling crime.
Ellis says the new system seems to be working as crime rates have gone down somewhat. He also adds that he too would like to see the current rates drop more.
The new system will have officers patrol “hot spots” or areas of high crime concentration. Attendants of the Thursday night meeting made their concerns clear, saying they are aware crime can not be totally eradicated but would like to feel safer than they do now.