A day after the City of Monroe announced suspensions for members of its Police Department it's working to restore public trust in the department.
Three weeks ago the Union County district attorney dismissed more than three dozen criminal cases saying police hadn't handed over necessary information and evidence.
That sloppy police work has now led to the suspensions of nine officers and detectives.
They will be suspended for a week each without pay.
"It's one of the most severe punishments we can administer short of termination," said city spokesman Pete Hovanec.
At the same time the city said it's already beginning to implement new policies and procedures to hold officers more accountable.
In addition to plans to hire a new liaison to work between the Police Department and District Attorney's Office, Hovanec said police are already using an upgraded computer tracking system to help them keep up with their cases.
Still, the scandal has eroded the confidence some residents have in their local police.
Shontania Hailey told Channel 9, "I'm not confident at all. It makes me feel very insecure."
Outside the courthouse Thursday, Susie Lawson told Channel 9 she still trusts police but believes they need to work harder to put the scandal behind them.
"They need to be more diligent about the proper procedures so that everything goes the way it should," Lawson said.
Hovanec admits the suspensions are an embarrassment for the city but insists leaders want to do whatever it takes to fix mistakes that have been made.
"We wanted to send the message that this is wrong and that it won't be tolerated," Hovanec said. "We are going to fix it. We're not sweeping it under the rug and we're not hiding it."