FORT WORTH, Texas - Fort Worth’s new chief of police is officially on the job.
Chief Joel Fitzgerald became the city’s first African-American police chief when he was sworn in Tuesday morning.
Before accepting the position, he spent several years as the chief in Allentown, Pennsylvania’s third largest city. Overall he has 20 years of law enforcement experience.
Last month he told FOX 4 he wants to bring changes and focus more on community-oriented policing.
“We can avoid some of the pitfalls that some of the other cities have seen by just having better relationships with members of the community,” he said. “Having better understanding as to where people are coming from and what we’re charged to do as an organization, and sometimes it’s a little more than just being the occupying force. Sometimes, it’s involving ourselves in the fabric of what goes on in the community.”
Fitzgerald is replacing former chief Jeffrey Halstead, who resigned in January.