First Black Police Chief Sworn In in Fort Worth, Texas

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Fort Worth’s new top cop was sworn in with a lot of pomp and circumstance on Tuesday.

Dozens of officers, city council members and top leaders packed a room and proudly welcomed Joel Fitzgerald to Cowtown.

Fitzgerald is making history as the city’s first African American police chief. He broke the same kind of ground in his last two jobs in Missouri City near Houston, and most recently Allentown, Pennsylvania.

There he led a department of 200 officers. Fitzgerald will manage a staff nearly eight times that amount here in Fort Worth, which has 1,500 officers.

Fitzgerald, who holds degrees from Harvard and Northwestern, says he’s ready to prove himself. He says he’ll listen, embrace new ideas and be transparent.

He’s cemented a reputation for being big on citizen involvement.

“The impetus is upon me to make sure that each and every person in this organization understands that when we speak of community, we’re part of the community. The police department as an active member in the community and we’re to make sure that each contact that we have with each and every individual that we see is positive,” the new chief said.

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Source: WFAA | Jenny Doren