L'pool police chief heads to East Syracuse

In Liverpool, Morris implemented a bicycle patrol, a foot patrol program, a watch-your-car program and child safety seat check-ups. He restored the LPD Explorer Post and also re-instated the "Officer of the Year" award and department recognition programs.

Along with veteran Sergeant Michael Burg, Morris completed the updating of the department's rules and regulations by Jan. 1, 2000.

In October 2000, the village of Liverpool offices moved into a renovated building at 310 Sycamore St., known as the Gleason Mansion Carriage House, which previously housed the Liverpool Fire Department. This new village hall is now the home for the Liverpool Police Department, village clerk and village court.

Accreditation accomplished

The Liverpool Police Department's New York State Accreditation was renewed twice under Morris' leadership, in 2001 and again in 2006.

"There are approximately 500 police departments across the state," Morris said, "and only a fraction are accredited, so that's something we're very proud of here at the Liverpool Police Department."

As chief here, Morris brought in thousands of dollars in state and federal grants to buy equipment such as police vehicles, portable radios, computers and high-tech crime-fighting gear such as the new license-plate-reader.

The wheels and the gizmos are only as good as the personnel operating them, however, and Morris was always quick to credit his officers for their "high degree of professionalism."

The LPD is "proactive," the chief said. By having officers consistently make overnight business checks and stop cars for possible traffic violations, the LPD discourages crime from taking a hold here, he said.

Tons of traffic

Traffic safety is a primary focus for law enforcement in both Liverpool and East Syracuse. More than 35,000 vehicles roll through Liverpool daily, while commercial development is bustling along East Syracuse's Route 290 corridor and there's a high volume of commuter traffic along routes 481 and 690 there.

As of the 2000 federal census, East Syracuse, located in the town of DeWitt, had a population of 3,178, a few hundred more people than Liverpool's population of 2,505. East Syracuse residents have recently complained about increased criminal activity in their neighborhoods, however, so Morris has some serious work ahead of him.

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