SYRACUSE -- In the past three months, Syracuse Police Department has undergone a significant shake-up.
Police Chief Garret Atkin wants Syracuse residents to get to know the four officers who are now heading up the patrol division.
It's a new chapter for the department, a group that has not seen much of a turnover until recently.
The shake-up took place because three officers recently left -- each for different reasons -- in the past six months and "moved on to other avenues of their lives," said Lt. Heath Rogers.
Rogers was a sergeant and was promoted to lieutenant after the officer in that position resigned in February.
For a police department to undergo the turnover that Syracuse has is rare, the officers said Wednesday.
"We're going to be much more community oriented, and there is going to be a lot more interaction with our citizens," said Sgt. Stan Penrod.
Rogers, Penrod, Sgt. Dave Skinner and Sgt. Zeke Swander now head up the department's patrol division.
Atkin said that when he took office in December the transition was made easy for him by his officers, "even though the transition was not easy for them. I'm definitely proud of them."
The police department still has some changes to make as the city continues to grow to meet the needs of Syracuse residents, Atkin said. But it will take time.
Rogers started with the police department 15 years ago when there were eight officers and the city's population was only 8,000. The city's population is now at 25,000, and the department has 19 officers. Parking lots, businesses, homes and schools now cover land that was once covered in crops.
"At the time, we weren't even staffed 24-7," Rogers said. "The night guy would get off at 2 or 3 a.m., and the day cop was on call. And the day cop would not get called out 99 percent of the time."
Penrod said he and Skinner started catching the vision that Atkin had for the department when he was appointed as chief in December.
"There was a little buzz, a bit of excitement about the change," Penrod said.
Penrod said he appreciates how detailed-oriented Atkin is, and said that has made each officer try to be more professional.
Swander said the summer brings visitors to Syracuse for various reasons. When the city celebrates Heritage Days, every officer is out and working to make sure everyone is safe.
They are aware that Syracuse is the city traveled through by those visiting Antelope Island State Park, which is the most visited state park in Utah, Penrod said.
"We set the PR tone when visitors come through," Penrod said. "We are selling our community, and we want them to come back."
Rogers, who is a lifelong Syracuse resident, said he has always wanted to work in Syracuse, "because I want to make an impact where I live."