The leader of an eastern Iowa town is trying to restore confidence in the police force.Despite the perception they’ve been doing nothing, Princeton Mayor Daniel Dawson says councilmen have reacted to residents’ complaints about police. The mayor has claimed for two months that he doesn’t have the power to run the cop shop – he says that’s up to the council. And council members sat silently at their meetings in March and April as residents lined up to gripe – mainly about two part-time officers they say were overzealous. One of the two cops quit voluntarily in the days following the March meeting. The other left in April, apparently under pressure. Dawson now says there have been some special meetings. As a result, he says council members decided to modify city policies, change personnel, improve hiring policies, alter scheduling and put a video camera in the squad car to deal with conflicting stories about arrests. One resident, Rita Farro, is pleased. But she notes that city leaders never have admitted publicly there was problem with the cops.
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