Toledo police chief hits the streets for virtual ride-along

    TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) -- Toledo's top cop hit the streets tonight and everyone was invited to follow along.

    Police Chief George Kral stepped out of the office and into a patrol car for the department's virtual ride-along.

    The chief shift covered everything from responding to a burglary call, pulling someone over from running a red light and even helping with a toddler who wasn't breathing.

    This was his first time out in a marked police vehicle in over a decade.

    "In 2007 was the last time I actually drove around in a marked police car, so it's been a couple of months," said Chief Kral. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time, I loved working the street, I'm a very patrol officer oriented chief of police and this is a lot of fun."

    Chief Kral said he made the decision to better serve his department, while giving the city a virtual ride along through social media as well.

    "If driving around for 8 hours when it's 19 degrees outside gets me to understand, that it'll help my decision making process when I'm making decisions department-wide that benefit them the most, because they're the back bone of this department and it's my responsibility to make sure that they have everything that they need to be successful," said Chief Kral.

    Some of those decisions involve technical equipment like the computers in the vehicles, that he says they will be updating soon.

    As well as other aspects that affect officers daily.

    "Something as simple as uniforms, changing a uniform policy that makes them more comfortable in either extreme cold or extreme warm," said Chief Kral.

    Another reason for the change of scenery for a day: to help the city they serve know how valuable the officers are.

    "The men and the women of this department are out here everyday, in every element, doing the right thing, protecting this city and it's my job to make sure the public understands how hard they work and how much they care, so that's another reason why I'm out here," said Chief Kral.

    The chief says he plans to make it back out in the patrol car again in the near future.

    If you missed his virtual ride along, you can check out the video's on Twitter and Instagram by searching Toledo Police.

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