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Prattville police restructure to solve crimes quicker

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Better communication and improved efficiency are both parts of the new world order behind the Prattville Police Department's new crime unit.

Prattville police investigators Tom Allen and John Lee are convinced had it not been for the new crime unit, burglary suspect 29-year old Reggie Lamont Haley would still be on the streets today. 

"More than likely," said Allen. 

With help from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, police captured Haley within 72 hours after he allegedly burglarized one of the apartments at Plantation Apartments in Prattville off Highway 14 on March 4th. 

"The public is going to see a more thorough investigation and quicker arrests," Lee explained. 

The apartment burglary was the first crime investigated under the Prattville Police Department's new crime unit initiated by new chief Mark Thompson. The new unit focuses on strengths.

Tom Allen, for example, is better suited in evidence gathering while other investigators do a very good job of getting information from witnesses on the scene. The new crime unit is expected to produce better results; quicker leads, quicker arrests. 

"Some of us are good on the SWAT team, gathering evidence, interviewing victims and suspects," Allen said. 

It turns out Haley was wanted for other burglary crimes in Montgomery County and remains in the Montgomery County Detention Center. 

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