But the wave of welcoming well-wishers that greeted Russellville Police Chief James Bacon has continually swept him away from settling in completely to his new position.
Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, according to the chief. "Everyone has bent over backwards to welcome me," Bacon
said. Bacon was sworn in as Russellville's new chief Aug. 28, with outgoing chief Kyn Wilson at his side.
Wilson stuck around for a week, introducing Bacon
to people and familiarizing him with the town.
...The frenzy of activity has kept Bacon, formerly chief at White Hall, pushing back free days to ride with officers or even to get his computer up and running.
tried to use the computer in his
office, which had apparently sat mostly dormant for a long while, it overloaded and shut down.
This way, we're on their turf and they're more comfortable," Bacon
said. Riding with the officers will bring the added benefit of allowing Bacon
getting a better feel for the town and the types of calls street officers face. As for his
is ready to make use of the department's newly installed records management program.Describing the program as "amazing, phenomenal," he
praised the department for selecting the integrated records system and the hard work it took to get it up and running. Bacon
is well-known throughout the state for his
work with curtailing drug use and trafficking.He is former coordinator of the Tri-County Drug Task Force in Jefferson, Lincoln and Arkansas counties.
That task force was touted by Gov.
checked into the drug situation in Russellville
before applying for the chief's position, he
said.With Interstate 40 running through its heart, Russellville
is an ideal place for traffickers to stop and fuel up, spend the night or drop drugs off, he
said. "In my experience, crime rates are directly connected with drug rates," Bacon
said, explaining why fighting drugs has been such as passion of his
."It factors into so many other crimes." Russellville
's population and crime rate places the city pretty square in between the two departments Bacon has called home - Pine Bluff, which had a high crime rate, and White Hall
view of Russellville
's crime rates so far is "pretty consistent" with what he
expected. Right now, Bacon
is content to observe, become acquainted with and evaluate the department without making any major changes. "I'm going to take my time.I don't want to make any rash decisions," he