Pine Bluff Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones
Davis-Jones says, "Pine Bluff is not different from any other city that we have. Pine Bluff has its problems like most metropolitan cities, but it's nothing we can't handle."
Powerful words from Davis-Jones at the start of her career as Pine Bluff's newly appointed police chief.
She says her agenda centers around community involvement. "We could be the best police department in the world, but without you, we mean nothing."
Some would argue she has her work cut out for her as these statistics show. Last year at this same time, Pine Bluff had recorded a total of 1,054 crimes. This year, that number has increased by more than 40. Murders, however, are on pace with last year at seven.
Although staggering numbers, Mayor Carl Redus' assistant Ted Davis says it shouldn't be an issue for Davis-Jones. "Chief Jones is absolutely, imminently qualified for the position in which she's been selected," says Davis.
All this amidst the controversial firing of former Pine Bluff police chief John Howell, who tabbed his ousting as racial discrimination.
That aside, Davis-Jones is putting a positive spin on her new job. "I feel like I'm home. I feel like I'm home."
Davis-Jones will be formally sworn in at Monday's city council meeting.
She has 26 years of law enforcement experience and served in the United States Air Force for six years.