City of San Luis has new police chief

City of San Luis has new police chief

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Yuma--It took six months for the City of San Luis to hire a new police chief. Its last police chief quit after only seven months on the job.

New police chief Arturo Ramos said he knows the area. He served as a police officer here.

Though that was 20 years ago, Ramos said he still knows the challenges he'll face in fighting drugs and crime along the border.

"I plan on being here along time," he said.

Ramos got his start in law enforcement as a Somerton Police officer in 1978.

"I want to be here 10 years to 15 years until they ask me to leave," he said.

Ramos is also no stranger to San Luis.

He joined the force last year and served as police commander, under the previous chief who resigned only after seven months on the job.

We asked Ramos why he thinks there's a big turnover for police chiefs in San Luis.

"I can't answer that question cause honestly in fairness to the past chiefs," he said. "It's a choice that they make and I don't know what they history is as far as what occurred."

Ramos said his philosophy in fighting crime is to build a strong relationship with residents.

"More manpower, more hands on, more extensive, get off your patrol car and walk the neighborhood," he said. "Get to know the people that live there."

"My objective is to be visible as well. I am visible but I like to be out there more," he said "Talk to the community talk to the store owner. Let them know who I am and I'm here to stay."

Ramos had already been serving as interim police chief.

He was sworn in as the official chief, Wednesday afternoon and has already hired three new officers.

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