Police chief makes officers' jobs better in small ways


Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland's new chief of police, James Craig, might have been expected to bring a few big-city police practices with him to Maine's largest city. Which, considering the chief is a veteran of service in both Detroit and Los Angeles, would seem more like a small town, despite its status as the state's most populous urban center.

Instead of jumping in with both feet, however, Chief Craig has begun to make his mark with small things. He has allowed dispatchers to wear more comfortable garb, gave detectives use of an idle department vehicle, and is considering schedule changes that would give every officer a weekend day off once in a while, which is not now the case.

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