Danville welcomes Scott Booth as new Chief of Police
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Danville Police Department has a fresh face in charge.
Scott Booth was sworn in as the new chief of police Tuesday night.
Booth was selected in January to replace Philip Broadfoot, who served as police chief for 14 years prior to his retirement.
The new chief, who has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, began policing in 1996 with the Richmond Police Department.
As a Virginia native, Booth feels a need to help out a local city labeled with a crime stigma.
"I have a strong tie to Virginia. I love the state. I love the law enforcement community and at the end of the day I have a strong calling to help communities," Booth said.
Booth said he has reached out to several community members to brainstorm ways to help make this area better.
Don't be surprised if you start to see more officers in your area soon.
"Some of the things I immediately want to do is I want our officers to be more engaging with the public. I want us walking in neighborhoods, so you can see that relatively early on," Booth said.
Booth also said he is ready for the challenge and believes the police department and the community can work together to solve issues.
He said he sees Danville as a place he can call home and also help make better.
"We are going to work as hard as we can to reduce crime, to reduce that perception of crime here in the city of Danville, and to make sure we're increasing our community engagement. So people know at the end of the day their police department is here to protect and serve them," he said.
Scott Booth served 19 years in Richmond and rose through the ranks rapidly.
In addition, Booth served in the U.S. Army prior to his law enforcement career, where he served in a combat infantry platoon and a military police squad.
He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge for service during operation Desert Storm.