Hutchinson police make changes to better serve community

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KWCH) Hutchinson police are making some changes better help serve the community.

On Wednesday, the department announced two ways it hopes to "change the culture" and become more community oriented.

The first change will be assigning beat officers to fixed beats. Hutchinson is broken down into six beats. The goal is for the officers assigned to those beats to start working on issues in the beat and for citizens to get to know their beat officer better.

The department says the new beat officers will be introduced within the next couple of weeks.

The second change will be to implement a "Repeat Offender Program." A detective and officers will be assigned to the R.O.P. program to identify and go after "the career offender whose daily life is to just prey on our citizens."

The department says ROP officers arrested a repeat offender on Tuesday for selling for meth near Hutchinson Middle School 8.