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. We will learn to focus on our steady march to checking off one goal at a time – from wearing uniforms with pride, to achieving all the necessary training to maintain certifications. We will tackle one item at a time, from exercising sound logic, applying knowledge of the law to our most mundane stops to the most complex. Change won’t always come easy, but it will come nonetheless because that is what the citizens want, and what they deserve.
At the end of the day, we will live the mission that is articulated on the official Arnaudville Police Department facebook page:
The mission of the Arnaudville Police Department is to provide a safe, secure atmosphere, and enhance the quality of life in the Town of Arnaudville by working cooperatively with the Mayor, the Town Council, and the public, and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. Our mission is to strengthen public confidence in the organization, develop and maintain positive relations with the community and to promote a safe and friendly community through enforcement and education.
Each employee will have decide whether they want to work as a member of a cohesive team and promote this mission in all aspects of the job. It is the very nature of our profession to eat, drink, think and act as a member of a team. I look forward to working with those who say “yes”.