PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Recent crimes in local communities have been receiving criticism from many residents, especially in Prichard. The city has been without a permanent police chief for more than 9 months.
On Sunday, FOX10 News spoke with Rosemary Harris, a Prichard resident who was featured in March after crime broke out in her neighborhood.
After the story aired, she said things improved a little bit, but not much. Just last week one of her family members was a victim of a crime.
Now, the question she asks is: why doesn’t Prichard have a police chief to stop all this crime?
“You see them riding around and sometimes you see them even walking out here now. Before, we didn’t have that,” said Rosemary.
Rosemary said the day after FOX10’s first story aired, the acting police chief rode by her house and spoke with her. What Rosemary learned from the chief was shocking.
“She didn’t have a clue, or an idea, that this much crime was going on out here in this area, when we’re just right around the corner from the police department. You know, it’s your backyard, you’re supposed to know what’s going on. We need some help out here.”
After Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam fired former police chief Jimmie Gardner in December of last year, the city has been without a permanent police chief, something Rosemary said needs to change.
“It’s bad! Scared. Afraid. The crooks are killing the crooks. We need some protection and something needs to be done.”
Even though there is a presence of law enforcement right down the street from her house, Rosemary said it does not deter criminals.
“They don’t even pay that car any attention. I have a neighbor who’s house was broken in several times, more than two times and the car still be sitting out there,” said Rosemary.
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