RAW VIDEO: News19's J.R. Berry Talks With Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp
...Police Chief Dean Crisp retires on September 12, 2007.
...City Manager Charles Austin said the retirement will take effect in a few days, and Crisp will take a few weeks off.
was thankful to the people of Columbia, South Carolina, and everyone he
works with and belabored over his
thanks throughout the conference.
"I experienced some of my greatest accomplishments in Columbia," said Crisp Wednesday.He
said violent crime had been reduced by eight percent, and the gang task force has arrested more than 300 potential gang members since its creation under Crisp's leadership.
The retired chief says one of his
most proud accomplishments was the establishment of scholarship opportunities for the children of police officers.
At the end of his
retrospective speech that graced his
career in law enforcement, Crisp
concluded with a final condolence.
"Thanks for sharing with me in my journey as Chief of Police," Crisp
City officials say even though Crisp
has retired, the City of Columbia will continue their plans for a panel evaluation of the Columbia Police Department
retired just before a city appointed review panel was to examine the department.In recent months, Crisp
has allowed family members onto crime scenes, and had his
department scrutinized due to high turnover and low morale.
has not directly commented on the claims, saying that it was a matter discussed between himself and Austin.
"I encourage it [the review]", Crisp
says."I look forward to it.I'm 100 percent supportive.I think it would be good for our organization."Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Crisp allowed his father to go into a Myers Street home where a fatal shooting took place last February.
The coroner says Crisp
father were inside where the body was located before his
investigators had a chance to collect evidence.
A police spokesperson says in both cases, the family members were in the car with Crisp
was called to the scene.
...Austin named Crisp as Chief of Police for Columbia on April 7th, 2004.