Although Toledo has had an increase in homicides this year, police Chief George Kral expressed optimism Wednesday about a series of new programs and officer efforts.

Chief Kral praised officers’ efforts during his first State of the Toledo Police Department address at the main Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Toledo Police Chief George Kral gives his first state of the police department address downtown.

In October, Chief Kral recalled how he joined the pursuit of a man wanted for threatening a woman and shooting into multiple city homes.

“Toledo rarely sees that amount of domestic-related homicides,” Chief Kral said.

Pastor Michael Key of People’s Missionary Baptist Church in the central city, who was at the forum, said Chief Kral is encouraging young residents and officers to get to know each other.

Horace Huse, 88, of Toledo, said he was pleased to learn police classes are becoming more diverse by sex and race.