Law enforcement is serious business for William Bowen. Galt's newest police chief will flash a smile when he talks about how he wanted to design buildings growing up, but his demeanor intensifies when discussing the issues facing his city — such as the spike in underage prescription drug abuse or the need to quickly paint over gang-related graffiti.
Bowen, who served as Rio Vista's police chief for more than five years, officially began duties with the Galt Police Department in late May. He served the bulk of his more than three decades in law enforcement, 26 years, with the Reno Police Department. In a lightly edited interview with the News-Sentinel, Bowen talked about his new position, its challenges and how law enforcement is embracing the digital age.