New SPD Assistant Chief ready to take on new role in the Hostess City

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SAVANNAH, Ga.  (WSAV) – There’s a new leader at the Savannah Police Department.

Stephenie Price was introduced Thursday as the city’s new assistant police chief. She comes to the Hostess City after working 20 years for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. 

Price most recently served as Captain in KCPD’s Patrol Division, also working as a Commander in the department’s Internal Affairs and Vice and Narcotics Divisions.

The new assistant chief will help Chief Roy Minter oversee a department of about 500 officers. She leaves a department with a staff of almost double that amount.

News 3 asked Price specifically about her background combating gang activity.

“The gangs in Kansas City are a little bit different than the gangs  here. They’re more nebulous, they were gangs of opportunity, not necessarily of loyalty,” Price said. “ So, the gangs there would come and go as they please.   What we did was look for the prolific offenders, not necessarily the gangs they were in, and that’s what we’ll be doing here.” 

News 3 has learned Minter and Price will be leading the department for now. In the previous administration, there were two assistant chiefs.

Last year, Kerry Thomas took a job as Chief in Chamblee, and according to SPD, former Assistant Chief Robert Gavin is now the Major over Administrative Services.

 The move comes after some reorganization within the department. SPD still has an opening for that second assistant chief position. 

Price must first become a certified police officer in  Georgia before she’s sworn  in.

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