Pocomoke Police: A new face, in a familiar place
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – Pocomoke City’s newest police chief, Lee Brumley is no-nonsense. 47 ABC sat down exclusively with the chief before his swearing-in ceremony and one of the first thing’s he made clear is that he plans to run a tight ship.
“I’m not going to jeopardize my seat for someone else’s laziness or wrongdoings,” Brumley said.
That way of thinking started right in Pocomoke where he got his start in 1977 and one he kept until he retired as a captain in 2010.
Now that he’s back, the 68-year old says he looking to strengthen the relationship his department has with the people they serve.
“That’s one of my goals and that’s the reason why I’m going to have the officers do community policing and I’m going to hold them tight to the policies and procedures of this department,” Brumley said.
Brumley says he plans to have increased bike patrols and foot patrols, so the people know the officers that serve them and feel comfortable with them.
He also plans to call on a friend to help him keep Pocomoke safe. New Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli served with Brumley in Pocomoke and Brumley says he’ll use the relationship they have to help the city.
“He and I have already been talking about how we can address some issues such as drugs or the opioid problem, or how big a problem we’ve got cause I don’t know yet,” Brumley said.
Brumley says he’ll spend the first few weeks meeting with each officer and letting them know how he operates and what he expects.
And as for his relationship with city management, he says they’re already on the same page.
“I’ve already talked to the city manager a couple times and 41 he’s going to let me run the police department as it should be run,” Brumley said.
Part of the way Brumley says he plans to run his department is by holding everyone accountable and that includes when it comes to a topic that’s been brought up before in Pocomoke, racism.
“If I find out that any of my officers are racist or are not treating all people, citizens equal then they’re going to be disciplined,” Brumley said.
Brumley says if there are valid complaints he’ll do independent investigations.
But one thing he promises his officers and the community as a whole is that with everything he does he’ll be fair.
“I’ve been in this work almost 41 years now and I’ve always been fair and across the board with it no matter who you are,” Brumley said.