Although unused time will take him through February, Alton Police Chief David Hayes' last day on the job will be December 31. As the date draws near, Hayes took a look back at his 30 years as a member of the Alton Police Department. He says the job has changed since 1983 in the sense that what was once mostly an arrest and incarcerate mindset is now that of a social service agency.
For example, much of the work an officer does has nothing to do with criminal behavior, but rather, with ordinance violations.
He says the change in focus met with some hesitation at first, but most of the officers that came on board since the middle 1990's are very astute to their duties in this modern era. Hayes will be staying in law enforcement, having accepted a position as the Assistant Director of SILEC - the Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. He has been police chief since August of 2009.