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Deputy police chief aims for reduced costs, efficiency

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The new deputy police chief, John King, hopes to work with the police union to offer the same level of policing at a reduced cost and to focus efforts on break-ins and drug crimes. King was promoted from lieutenant to succeed Deputy Chief Charles Paris, who is retiring next Sunday. The two most common crimes the department sees are housebreaks in the daytime and car break-ins at night, King said. Drug addiction tends to be the cause of many of those crimes and is a problem that also needs to be addressed, he said. King said he plans to work with union leaders to make police operations more efficient. To King, working effectively as a police officer means a lot of community policing and getting to know community members.

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