It's no surprise that the APPD has a new Captain and it seems like the board selected someone with more experience than the last. Officer Eli Vincente is one of the longest standing officers on the island and finally received a seemingly well deserved promotion, already started making some changes for the better. Captain Vincente says "We are instituting some common sense protocols, and we'll be reinforcing our training. Our officers are our only resources, and the leadership, myself included can't afford to be distant any longer. Right now, we've a department of lone wolves. Pound for pound a lone wolf is the toughest thing in the forest, but a pack preforms better. We are partnering experienced officers with rookies, and encouraging partnering up in general. We are going to go over some protocols, and see what makes sense. I am going to work with my officers, and listen to them. They are bringing a lot of ideas." He also stated that he will be establishing a media coordinator as well as an officer in charge community outreach.
During my time in Asphyxiation Point I've seen and heard about several officers getting over looked or disregarded because the captains simply ignored them or they had no clue who was actually on staff. I know of a few rookies that actually left the force due to such circumstances and I couldn't help but ask the new Captain his thoughts. "A lot of our officers weren't heard, simply because the Captains were unaware of them. One thing you are going to find is I am more present than any previous Captain. And I know the officers, their strengths and their weaknesses. I've got a top flight staff. Jennie, Kerri, Dora, Lewis, Novak, Angelique... great cops, the kind that can turn this thing around. We have excellent probationary members in Carly and Boomer, and I am looking forward to getting to know them better." It seems Captain Vincente has a solid plan to make a difference and went on to say "I know the people hold us to a higher standard, and it shows in the media. We are going to exceed their unreasonable expectations, because the raw talent we have showing is going to start getting used. I am giving up the whole supercop thing, in order to look good in my job, I am going to help the cops we have make me look good. It is hard at times, we don't always get the best recruits, and a lot of them are coming from dubious sources. We aren't like the enemy, we can't really afford to turn many away, but with work on our protocols, we are going to run a cleaner department."
There is no sense in denying that the department has had several issues lately and shunning the press did not help their reputation at all. Rumors ranging from negligence to flat out public corruption have made the local wary of dealing with any officers. I've been told 911 calls went unanswered, officers were instructed not to patrol certain areas despite requests, cases were dropped, and that there has been a general lack of communication amongst the ranks. These stories and issues were laid out in front of the new Captain and he assured me that if something wasn't handled it was left that way for a reason or that it was being investigated. While it was clear the tough questions aggravated the new Captain, he was patient and addressed everything handed to him in a polite and respectful manner, a much welcome change compared to the last three persons in charge.
Perhaps this is a much needed change for the boys and girls in blue? Even some of the officers have nothing but praise and support for the changes being made. We at the Times wish Captain Eli the best of luck and hope this transformation extends into the future.