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A Look Back At Retiring Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin's Career

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Thursday was the last scheduled news conference for Chief Steve Franklin.
As we've been reporting, he retires this week after just more than 3 decades on the job.

Targeting violent offenders is just one of the ongoing efforts at the police department that the Chief says he's most proud of.

Chief Steve Franklin is retiring after 33 years at the Erie Police department.
For the past 7 years, he's led the department as Chief.

Thursday, we sat down with him to look back at his career and his accomplishments.
He spent a majority of his career on patrol, as a patrolman for 22 years.
He then worked as a detective, eventually in the auto theft unit.

Chief says targeting the city's most violent offenders has proven to be an effort that's made an impact on the streets of Erie.
He also created the Saturation Unit, made up of 7 officers, that focus on high-crime areas of the city and on specific crime issues.

Chief Franklin says he's also proud of his efforts to make the public more aware of what's happening on the streets of Erie.

"I think one of the biggest accomplishments over the past few years especially is making the public aware of actually what goes on in the police department," said Franklin. "Making the public aware of how much hard work is being done everyday. Making the public aware of the things they don't see everyday in the public eye. Knowing that the police are out there everyday, day after day 24/7 trying to do their job, trying to make it a safer community and of course that does not always like I said, it's not always in the public eye," Franklin added.

Chief Franklin also created and implemented the teen curfew ordinance, an effort that gets kids off the streets at a reasonable hour, in effect curbing petty crime.

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