New po­lice chief meets res­i­dents

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - KEITH BRYANT

BELLA VISTA — The city new Po­lice Chief James Graves spoke with res­i­dents at the Lake­point Res­tau­rant and Events Cen­ter re­cently.

“He seems pretty de­cent,” Bella Vista Ra­dio Club trea­surer Marc Whit­tle­sey said. “He’s got big shoes to fill after (for­mer chief Ken) Farmer’s de­par­ture.”

It was good to meet with Graves, he said, be­cause the am­a­teur ra­dio club has an emer­gency plan and can help work with po­lice if their nor­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels are some­how ren­dered un­us­able.

“I love it,” Graves said. “I’ve met a lot of folks th­ese past few months. This was nice tonight, but it’s just kind of a con­tin­u­a­tion of what I’ve been do­ing th­ese past cou­ple months.”

Com­mu­nity out­reach like this, he said, is al­ready some­thing the depart­ment has made a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort in, and he doesn’t in­tend to change much of how the depart­ment op­er­ates.

“I think it’s very, very im­por­tant to keep that re­la­tion­ship with the depart­ment and the com­mu­nity,” Graves said.

Jim Beck­with said he moved to Bella Vista about a year ago from Ne­braska and he’s try­ing to learn more about his new home, so meet­ing Graves was a good use of his time.

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