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New Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Sworn In

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The Coeur d'Alene Police Department swore in Lee White as the new chief of police Tuesday. White says his first priority is to go on what he calls a "listening tour." The goal is to hear from both police and the community to bridge the gap between officers and the public.

"There needs to be a tangible sense of how we expect our department members to act," Chief White said.

White's swearing in comes at a time when the gap between police and the public is wide. The department has been under heavy criticism since the July 9th shooting death of Arfee, the 2-year-old black lab. White says he does not want this sitting over the department's head for long.

"I think in the very short term you're going to see us put together a press conference where we can talk abut the investigation in its entirety," Chief White said.

White says the department has handled the incident well and as soon as the investigation is complete he will decide what course of action the department will take.

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