“Like merging on a busy highway”: Green Bay’s new police chief talks about integrating into new role

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis joined Local 5 to talk about his transition to his new role and his vision for the department.

Davis mentioned that although he has traveled from the West Coast, he has ties to the region. His wife is from Kaukauna and he is originally from Ohio.

Regarding his vision for the department, Davis says he wants to build an organization that works with the community and is trustworthy. Plus, he wants to make the Green Bay Police Department a great place to work.

Davis has been in the job for about three weeks and he likened it to a merger on a busy highway. There is a lot of information to take.

Davis spoke of some of the region’s biggest public safety concerns, including an alarming increase in gun violence. There are also property crimes and road safety. Davis referred to drivers driving too fast and not stopping at red lights as two issues that were brought to his attention.

The ongoing investigation into homicide of Jason Mendez-Ramos was another topic Davis discussed. The authorities are still seeking help from the community. They are also still looking for the vehicle. The next step in the investigation is to look for leads and try to find that “last piece of the puzzle”.

Davis mentioned that the department is in the process of developing a strategy to reduce gun violence. He also said that social media can lead to gun violence. One example was an argument that starts on social media can escalate from there and create a cycle of gun violence. The ministry will try to uncover the drivers of armed violence.

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