Commonwealth Journal

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December 26, 2013

Ferguson Police Dept. growing to meet demands of 2014

Somerset —

The City of Ferguson may be tiny in size, but it now boasts the largest police force the hamlet has ever seen. 
“To me, these guys are providing a level of safety that I’m really satisfied with,” said Ferguson Mayor Allen Dobbs, about the small town’s expanded police department.
Ferguson Police Chief David Moss said safety for the town’s residents and those who travel through the city is their goal. 
“Our main goal is to make Ferguson the safest city in the state,” said Moss. 
Moss is just one-third of Ferguson’s police force. Officers Gary Pence and Anthony Phillips make up the remainder of the department. 
The officers combined bring more than 70 years of police experience to the table. Moss has worked in law enforcement for more than 36 years. Pence, who retired from the Somerset Police Department, has 25 years of police experience. Phillips, who retired from Kentucky State Police, brings 22 years of experience to the force. 
The three officers are dedicated to ensuring Ferguson stays as safe as possible — and it seems to be working, according to Moss. 
Moss said KSP will often hand down case reports to local-level law enforcement agencies, and he said it’s common for Ferguson to receive a report that no new criminal cases have been opened within the city in a month or so. 
“We are proud of the fact we don’t have much crime here,” said Moss.
But that wasn’t always the perception.
Dobbs said when he was first was elected mayor his son reported to him that other students had been told not to drive through Ferguson because it was unsafe. Dobbs, who is finishing his seventh year as mayor, was also asked by his neighbors to increase the police presence in the small town.

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