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((shannon)) a time set aside for giving thanks leaving hearts broken during a violent month---in the capitol city."there's a man with a gun and he's pulled it out and he's going to shoot my neighbor "from an officer involved shooting to a tense hostage situation---- little rock police working nonstop."the community i'm sure their emotions are very high."what's sparking the violence?"you have to start with building trust first."
Tonight----answers as we sit down with the man charged with protecting the streets.
((shannon))thanks for staying up late with us tonight on kark... i'm shannon miller.the little rock police chief says fighting crime comes down to social economics.
((shannon))kark 4's mitch mccoy sitting down with little rock's top cop for an exclusive one-on-one interview...mitch -- your interview comes on the heels of a violent month?
((mitch))he agrees the violence in november is not normal.little rock's 2016 homicide rate has already surpaced last year's.the chief says it takes a community to pull it together.
"nats/clock ticking"in a city--"nats/clock ticking" moving around the clock-- ((chief kenton buckner, little rock police awi ilngtrt you ha rs"little rockpe chief kenton buckner is moving with it.((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"people are less lito work wh ouifthey don't trust you.
I think we're doing a good job of building those bridge's each day."since november 1st -- an officer shot and killed a man downtown... a hostage situation ended in a murder-suicide... and multiple homicides have rocked little rock.((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"november is reflectiveof the kind of challenges that we face on an annual bases in our city."((mitch mccoy, reporter))"so you would say november was rough?"
((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"i think it's very safe to say november was rough but public safety today is rough.
On a good day it's a struggle."chief buckner took over as little rock's top cop in 2014.he says most of the crime stems from a social economic cocktail.
((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"i think that starts with poverty, i think that starts with lack of education in some of these communities, i think that starts with single parent homes, substance abuse, absentee fathers, mental illness, high unemployment."he says that system is nearly impossible to police -- however -- the broken system is falling in the lap of law enforcement.
((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"we have yng african american males who are in again that social economical disappointing system that has, where we are seeing that far too often they are either the victims or the suspects in some of those kinds of incidents."attacks on police in dallas and baton rouge -- chief buckner says have made finding recruits an even harder task.((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department)) i'm not niave, lite rock is a tougit will continue to be a tough city until address some of these broken social systems that we have."
"nats/ticking clock"as the seconds tick toward 2017 -- chief buckner looks back at his own job over the last year ---((mitch mccoy, reporter))"how would you rate yourself?"((chief kenton buckner, little rock police department))"great question.
I would rate myself as a work in progress.
I think i do a decent job for our city.
I give the city an honest day's work for an honest day's pay."
((mitch))it's well known lrpd has had a significant staffing struggle.even with violence against police -- the chief says his department has to look under every rock to find a recruiter - but he says those are people are out there and they're strong and bright.
((shannon))we also spoke with chief buckner about issue 6 -- medical marijuana in arkansas.he says he's against it and always has been.the chief says there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to medical marijuanahe says based on his background and 25 years of law enforcement experience we'll 'regret' isssue six.
((shannon))our exclusive conversation with chief buckner continues tomorrow night on kark.we'll explore lrpd's 2017 goals which includes solving cold cases a top priority.that's tomorrow night on kark 4 news at 10.