Portsmouth Police Chief lists staffing shortage, building trust as priorities

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 17:54:47-04

Portsmouth, Va. - The city's new police chief says she's looking to address a staffing shortage and build trust in the community.

Right now, the city is down 17 officers, according to Chief Tonya Chapman. "We just have to rearrange our resources to make sure that public safety comes first," Chapman said. "It's a challenge." The department is working to speed up the hiring process.

Changes are also coming to how officers are assigned throughout the city. They'll now based out of three geographical districts throughout the city.