Floyd Mitchell is no stranger to law enforcement. He spent more than 2-decades in Kansas City, rising in the ranks and most recently served as police chief in Central Texas at Temple PD.
On Friday, he was sworn into office as the 23rd chief of police. The city of Lubbock is the largest jurisdiction that will be under his leadership, but Chief Mitchell says he feels up to the challenge.
"Believe me I am going to do the best that I possibly can as a law enforcement professional... I love solving difficult and complex issues. Law enforcement in the United States is a difficult and complex issue, no matter how you look at it," Chief Mitchell said.
He is also making history, as the first black chief in the city. To him, that is just one part of what he brings to the table.
"I happen to be black, which I am very proud of, but I believe I'm a very good law enforcement leader, and I think that's probably one of the most important things," he said.
Part of Chief Mitchell's vision is to help guide the Lubbock Police Department as it continues to decentralize.
"The Lubbock Police Department has good bones. Going through this decentralization plan, making sure that we are connected, and we continue to be connected with our community and its governing body," he said. "So, when you talk about vision for the police department: one, get better, becoming the best department that we can be, in the community that we serve."
When it comes to the recent string of violent juvenile crimes in the city, the Chief believes there needs to be more preventative measures taken.
"From an investigative stand point, or from a crime analysis stand point, just making sure that we are looking back to see what we've missed."
Chief Mitchell anticipates to be at the ground-breaking for the city' s first sub-station, at east station near MLK and east 19th street, this upcoming Friday.