Leachville residents seek protection with police changes

Leachville residents seek protection with police changes

LEACHVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The residents in Leachville have seen at least four police chiefs in the past year or so come and go, while residents hope for protection.

An officer resigned two weeks ago due to disciplinary actions, while then-Police Chief Marc Taylor resigned a week later to seek another opportunity. Just days later, Mississippi County deputies began investigating a shooting death in the town along Ark. 18.

Residents have started to worry about the lack of stabability and whether it could bring more crime to their small town.

A Leachville man who has lived here his whole life wants change and a stable police force.

"If things get out of hand, you know, it could get that way, you know because we've got alot of traffic coming through Leachville. Well we just have al ot of people that comes and goes," Harlen Jackson said.

Joni Isebell - the new appointed chief - said she is going to bring change to the department- starting now.

She said her goal is to gain trust and respect from all Leachville residents.

Isebell told Region 8 News that she does not want residents to be in fear and accepted the chief's position with the intention to make it a proactive department and to make it more stabilized. 

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