Meet Chief Lumpkin

This past Wednesday Police Chief Lumpkin met with the Savannah Downtown Business Association to answer their questions about how the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department plans to put a stop to the city’s rising crime rates, and what the SDBA can do to help.

Chief Lumpkin encourages downtown businesses to band together and attend city council meetings. According to Lumpkin, our boys in blue have about 70 job vacancies to fill. Now that is some understaffing and overworking. But the SCMPD salary is highly uncompetitive and not exactly drawing in a lot of attention.

While he didn’t make much mention of the upcoming police merger, he did talk a bit about the new gunfire detection system that is now being implemented. Lumpkin wouldn’t reveal specific locations of the detection cameras for the sake of keeping that information out of the criminals hands and preventing a shift in crime location, but he did say that all of Savannah’s “hotspots” and covered. The basic gist: the SCMPD is doing the best they can with what they have, but they’re going to need a lot of help in order to get where we need to be. And hey, if you see an officer walking around, give a smile and a “thank you.”