In his first report as the new chief of police in Burns, Paul McCallister told the board of commissioners he is working on issues with the department’s budget and has already made several policy changes. McCallister was appointed last month to replace Tase Sturgill, who resigned in November. McCallister told the board he has received his waiver from the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission to work as a police officer until he attends a transitional course in March to renew his certification. The new chief said he has changed the department’s policy so that part-time officers are no longer taking patrol cars home and that he is the only officer driving a car home. McCallister said he has located and secured all of the weapons issued to the department and will be requesting the purchase or donation of a gun safe. The chief said he is working to install video cameras that were not being used in the department’s patrol cars and he has adjusted the department’s patrol hours to concentrate manpower in times that usually see the highest volume of calls, while working with the sheriff’s office to provide a substation for officers at town hall so there will be an increased presence when the Burns officers are not on duty. In examining the department’s budget, McCallister said expenses are running at 54 percent of budget halfway through the fiscal year and he will have to make some adjustments. He said the department has already spent $6,200 of the $7,500 budgeted for fuel costs for the year. McCallister reported the department finished 2012 with a total of 1,536 calls. In his first report to the board, new Burns Fire Department Chief Nathan Stringer said the department had 17 calls in December to finish the calendar year with 240 calls.