Metropolis Supervisor Trey Yelverton final month appointed Col. Al Jones, a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Division, because the Metropolis of Arlington’s new police chief. Jones, who involves North Texas after serving because the chief of Baltimore County Police Division’s Neighborhood Relations Bureau, was chosen by means of a sturdy, community-based course of that started in June.
Seventy-four legislation enforcement leaders from throughout the nation utilized to guide Arlington’s almost 900-member police drive. Yelverton says Jones was a really perfect selection due to his years of expertise in implementing sturdy, community-based policing rules, his understanding of the way forward for policing, and his functionality to guide our officers and group of almost 400,000 residents in that route.
“We’ve got an amazing police division, and we’ve recognized a frontrunner who can proceed guaranteeing glorious service to our residents and transfer our metropolis positively ahead,” Yelverton says. “Within the true spirit of group policing, I do know that our complete group will come collectively and assist Chief Jones and our police division in maintaining our group secure.”
Jones started his legislation enforcement profession in 1995 as a Baltimore County Police Division police officer and steadily rose by means of the ranks of the 18th largest legislation enforcement company within the nation. Since 2018, Jones has overseen administration of the Neighborhood Relations Bureau, centered on constructing belief inside communities all through the county whereas diversifying the company to raised mirror the communities it serves. Baltimore County covers a geographically various space of 612 sq. miles outdoors of the Metropolis of Baltimore, and consists of city, suburban and rural areas. Baltimore County, CALEA accredited since 1985, has lengthy been acknowledged as a progressive company within the growth of community-based policing.
Jones says he’s enormously wanting ahead to attending to know residents and officers personally, including that he appreciates the group’s participation within the sturdy choice course of. Along with taking a data-driven strategy to answer and discover environment friendly, efficient options for the town’s wants, Jones says he believes constructing relationships between law enforcement officials and neighborhoods, companies and different stakeholders is crucial to creating a spot the place folks need to dwell, work, study and play.
“Officers can’t be in every single place, which is why it’s vitally vital for the group to be engaged and assist function our eyes and ears,” he says. “Neighborhood involvement with the police division creates not solely a safer group, however a stronger group.”
Arlington will host a public occasion to welcome Jones when he begins as the brand new police chief on Jan. 11. Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye will proceed to function the division’s interim police chief till then.
Yelverton thanked the group, metropolis staff and different stakeholders for taking part within the choice course of and offering invaluable enter and perspective on the town’s wants associated to police management. He additionally thanked The Bowman Group, a neighborhood Arlington consulting agency with a specialty in police and public practices, which helped recruit and vet the candidates.