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New Police Chief On Returning To Smyrna, Community Policing, Vision For Department

Keith Zgonc was recently named the chief of the Smyrna Police Department. He joins “Closer Look” to discuss his vision for the department and shares his views on the state of community policing.
Keith Zgonc was recently named the chief of the Smyrna Police Department. He joins “Closer Look” to discuss his vision for the department and shares his views on the state of community policing.
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Smyrna’s newly appointed police chief says he viewed returning to the Smyrna Police Department (SPD) as a great opportunity — one that would allow him to continue building on the philosophy of community policing.

Chief Keith Zgonc, who took over as chief in mid-April, began his law enforcement career with the Smyrna Police Department in 1991 and says he left the department in 2006 to help establish the Sandy Springs Police Department.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” the veteran law enforcement officer talked with show host Rose Scott about how his time at the Sandy Springs Police Department prepared him for his new leadership role as chief.

He shared his vision for SPD.

“One of the first things that I wanted to do was to come in and look at procedures, look at policies, where can we make changes, where can we make improvements and get those changes done so that we can better serve the community,” said Zgonc. “Ultimately, we are here to serve the community. That’s what this is all about.”

Zgonc also discussed the importance of having a diverse police department and an open dialogue between officers and Smyrna residents, and he shared his thoughts about the nationwide spike in crime amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above