The Helena World spoke with Interim Police Chief Ronald Scott recently about his career as a police officer and the changes he has made since taking the reins of the Helena-West Helena PD.

The Helena World spoke with Interim Police Chief Ronald Scott recently about his career as a police officer and the changes he has made since taking the reins of the Helena-West Helena PD.

Hired under former police chief Vincent Bell, Scott has been the assistant police chief in Helena-West Helena for eight years. Scott told The Helena World that instead of waiting for a new chief to be hired, the department has enacted a few changes, including, "moving everyone over to patrol."

Scott continued, "I have taken our specialized divisions and we put everyone in patrol... we have had up to seven officers on the streets since we made this change on Dec. 17 and we are going to increase and improve our patrolling patterns to make sure we have more visibility in the community."

Scott noted another change he is implementing.

"We are working on our dispatch division to ensure that we are communicating with people who call for police service and we will make sure that when we dispatch an officer there, we will call those people what the disposition was."

Scott noted that most of the time when a caller calls the police, the perception is that the police never showed up at the scene.

Scott reassured the community, "Maybe we made an arrest that the caller did not see and that causes conflict when you do not communicate back to the public."

Concluding the interview, Scott reassured the citizens of H-WH, "I have heard the community and that is why we are in the capacity doing what we are doing and I think it is important to address issues and have open lines of communication so that we can assure that everyone feels a part of what we are doing."