PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) There is a new top cop in a Luzerne County community and he vows to step up the fight against crime. On Friday, the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick went on patrol with him and learned more about his mission.
Anthony Gorey took over as Police Chief of Plymouth Borough on February 18th. He inherited a department that needed some attention. He has been a police officer for 26 years--14 of which he served with the Plymouth police force. That's where he worked his way up through the ranks. He has seen the best of times and the not so good times. He has a clear mission.
"We're trying to become more proactive. When we didn't have a lot of officers we were depleted we became reactive."
Chief Gorey wants to refocus his officer's efforts on a much wider target.
"We have all types of crimes major crimes more serious crimes. One of the priorities that I have is to directing resources toward dealing with these types of crimes and not to forget the nuisance crimes."
He also wants to build trust with the community.
"When we tell people if they see something, say something but we have to be able when someone does say something when a citizen says something we have to look into it and act on it. To reinforce that idea. We are going to do something with it. It's not going to be ignored."
And he had this message for the bad guys.
"Well we are going to be there the police are going to be there. People are going to know the police are there. You are going to see us. If you are going to come to Plymouth we are going to do something about it."
Chief Gorey encourage citizens to get involved..to be the eyes and ears of the police