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Turning individuals into members of a team...

4/29/14

Starting with the basics, I will methodically evaluate how each employee adheres to expectations and requirements. Some of my goals include making internal processes more efficient and more effective, reducing turnover and improving morale. It will also include making our police department known in the community for its professionalism on the streets, as well as a welcoming and helpful “front desk”.

Now, I know that there will be criticism from the forces that sow the seeds of doubt and cynicism.

Don't Be Dumb About Your Smartphone...

4/24/14

My wife has had three cellphones stolen in the last 3 years.  Of course, she would never want anyone to know, but on the most part, these thefts could have been prevented had she heeded some of the advice below.  The first phone was dropped from its case which was attached to the outside of her purse.  It was in an airport.  Her hands were full, she was rushing to the parking lot, and realized when she got in the car that the phone was gone.  While she hoped that someone had found it and turned it in to lost and found, she had no such luck.

How a Focus on Ethics Can Elevate the Police Department

4/19/14

 
Some of the following information was taken from an article authored by Marty Katz, a retired sergeant with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Marty is owner and chief instructor of Crimewave Solutions, a training company for officer survival and common sense self defense.
 
I will be evaluating the APD with regards to training, and it is critical that part of the training is ethics training because trust among those we serve and protect can be established if our officers and civilian personnel are meeting the highest ethical standards.

Open Letter to Town of Arnaudville

4/17/14

Open letter to the town of Arnaudville:

I want to thank all who supported me through their votes and also through their words before the election and since the election.  For those who did not support my run, I offer a commitment to serve you, protect you and respect you as I will all citizens of Arnaudville – without prejudice or bias.  My door is open, and I invite anyone with concerns, ideas, or suggestions to come and express them to me.
 
In that vein, my detractors have engaged in name-calling, mockery and jeering.

A New Day is Dawning...

4/6/14

It was a close race.  Now comes the real work.  Promises made and promises to keep.  Leadership that will reshape our police department, restore trust and pride for our officers and citizens, and will bring an effective working relationship with the Town Council and the Mayor's Office.

We celebrated quietly at home surrounded by family and close friends who believe in my abilities, trusted that I could win, and gave me the lift each and every day that I needed to cross the finish line.

Not the end -- only the beginning...

4/5/14

Well, today will determine where I am tomorrow.  This journey has given me more friends, more memories, and more love for my community.  I have had the honor and the pleasure of reconnecting with my past, and my parents' past.  In that respect, I have felt that they were with me.  I know that they would be proud of me, my approach to this endeavor, and my vision that would bring honor and pride to the town of Arnaudville and its citizens.

At times, the odds seemed against me, but I persevered.

Law Enforcement Professionals Facing the Autism Tsunami

4/3/14

As we approach Election Day, I have to now put it in the hands of the voters and God.  I was reminded today that if it is meant to be, God will allow it to happen.  So, today’s blog is not about elections, campaigns or politics. 
 
Today I have turned over my blog to Ginger, as we honor and recognize this month as Autism Awareness Month.  In New Orleans, she was the Executive Director of a program for the deaf and children with communicative disorders.  Her connection to children with Autism, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) runs deep.

Training + Maturity + Good Judgement = Survival

3/31/14

Had a wonderful weekend, ending in a BBQ with family and friends.  I have continued to visit and talk with the town people and had meetings with supporters.  The encouragement has helped me sleep.  For a couple of nights, this was a problem.  

As I contemplate the possibility of a win, I have sketched out in my mind what priorities I will focus on.  I believe in my gut that we have some good officers -- good officers can become better with continuous training.  With any Chief, training should be routine.

Qualiity will win the day...

3/28/14

Today I had some time to do some visiting, but mostly had appointments to go to for my brother, Randy.  I decided not to order any more signs, so will rely on the impact of my personal meetings with the citizens.  I figure that by now, most folks who will be voting know who they will support.  If it's me, I am like a bull waiting for the gates to open.  Week one will be setting the stage and beginning the transition from a broken department to a standard bearer for small town police departments.

The Territorial Waters plan for Arnaudville...

3'26/14

I call it the Territorial Waters Plan, and it extends our interaction and response beyond our city limits.  St. Landry Parish is a big area.  St. Martin Parish stretches out to Arnaudville, with not much in between.  Technically, the Arnaudville Police Department is charged with patrolling and responding to incidents that occur within the city limits of Arnaudville.  And this seems to be the current operating procedure.

The Territorial Waters Plan would/could extend the response area -- not the "patrol" area -- to cover calls within the 70512 zip code, but is contingent on the establishment of a strong working and relationship with St.