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Sept. 30 - Chatham County Police Department Adds Neighborhood Liaison Officers to Force

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 30, 2019 - The Chatham County Police Department has added two neighborhood liaison officers (NLO) to the force to increase the effectiveness of its community policing efforts.

The NLOs will act as the direct contact between residents, home owners associations, and other stakeholders, and the command staff of the Chatham County Police Department. The NLOs will be in daily contact with community members on their beats, and will report back to command staff about issues, concerns, and opportunities for crime prevention and suppression. The goal of the program is to increase communication between the department and residents, and to streamline the process of residents’ concerns reaching command staff where they can be strategically addressed.

Officer Esquina White will serve as the NLO for the neighborhoods in west Chatham County. White joined the Chatham County Police Department in March 2018. She previously served as a community outreach coordinator for the City of Savannah, and as the police information assistant for Savannah-Chatham CrimeStoppers. She also served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a multimedia Illustrator. White holds a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design designation from the National Institute of Crime Prevention. She earned a bachelor degree in public relations from Georgia Southern University, and is pursuing a dual master’s degree in criminal justice and public administration at Florida International University. White serves on the board of directors for the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, and is an assistant coach for Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia.

Officer Danielle Pimental will serve as the NLO for the neighborhoods in east Chatham County. Pimental has been a resident of Wilmington Island for 12 years. Before joining the Chatham County Police Department, she worked patrol with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and spent some of that time in the precinct serving the islands. Pimental is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice-criminalistics from St. Leo University.

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