Dublin’s new police chief wants residents to ‘reclaim’ city’s neighborhoods

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dublin’s new police chief wants residents to reclaim their neighborhoods.Chief Tim Chatman officially started the job as chief of police on Monday. He’s the first African-American top cop in the department’s history. He says while he’s focused on preventing crime in the city, he’s also passionate about giving those who need it a second chance.

“I want to be a servant. That’s all I want to do is to be a servant to the people,” he said.

To protect and serve, a cop motto to some, but for Tim Chatman it’s that second word that keeps him motivated.

“I’m tough on crime. I don’t make no excuses about that. I want to help as many people as I can help,” he said.

Chatman was an agent with the GBI for 22 years. He first started his law enforcement career with the East Dublin Police Department.

While keeping residents safe is among Chatman’s top priorities, he has other ambitions for the emerald city.

“I want to be that change. It’s not going to be overnight. Even if I fail, that won’t stop me from trying,” Chatman said.

The Dublin native is working with people, who may have committed a crime, get their life back on track — one of many passions for the church bishop who comes from a family of law enforcement.

Chatman says his first couple of days on the job will be busy, but in the back of his mind he’ll be thinking about his mother who died in August.

She and his grandmother raised him and his brothers. He says he wants to honor them.

“In a way that’ll make my family proud and the city government and the citizens,” he said.

With a promise of service, pride in his hometown, and dedication to making his city better.

Chief Chatman already started with another community initiative called ‘take it back’ — asking residents to look to stop crime and blight in Dublin.

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