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Policing Arnaudville

As I have been out in the community visiting with citizens and sharing my positions, I have also enjoyed listening to them share their’s.  On several occasions, the misinformation, possibly the misunderstandings that they reveal is puzzling.  I have been told that a mayoral candidate is stating or implying that once in office, the Arnaudville Police Department would be an item to consider for major cuts or disbanding altogether.  I would like to assume that any such pledge is being misunderstood or even completely inaccurate.

Brick by Brick - Part II - The Role of Chief

For those who are of the notion that the police chief should conform to their idea of a job description, or to history and tradition, I remind them that the position of Police Chief is an elected and administrative one, not to confuse it with a rank and file patrol officer.  The position does not even require anyone with police experience at all, although most citizens would agree it is preferable! That’s why Arnaudville has had a history of chiefs and officers who were good men, but who were both literally and functionally illiterate.

Brick by Brick - Part I

When I was elected, I presumed that I would walk into a department fully functional.  Not so.  There appeared to be no current standard operating procedures and no working relationships with either St. Landry or St. Martin Parish Sheriff Departments. The town-issued phone I was given was wiped clean, as well as the office computer.  The so-called evidence room was not secure and records were incomplete or missing.  Case files were missing, misplaced or grossly insufficient.

Don't Play Politics With People's Safety


For the past 4 years, I have focused on two major areas.  
  1. Protecting and serving the citizens of Arnaudville with the most professionally trained and effective officers we can attract.  
  2. Protecting and supporting my officers and employees by equipping them with safe, durable, and police-grade equipment and vehicles.

As any CEO or manager will do when coming into a new job or company, I evaluated the town’s needs against the department’s resources and discovered a clear correlation between the resources and the capability of our department.

Standing America Back Up, One Community At A Time

 
I was honored last night to be among some of our community’s most patriotic heroes.  The Arnaudville VFW dinner pays tribute to service men and women, veterans, first responders and law enforcement.  The highlight of the night was watching Captain Clay Higgins, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Public Information Officer, and Crime Stoppers spokesman, receive the Law Enforcement Person of the Year Award.  His celebrity, something he never sought, is overshadowed when you meet him, by his big heart and spirit, his passion and love of the job, and his authenticity and genuine desire to serve two principles:  his belief in the constitution, and his belief in the power of redemption for the criminal, who he sees as an equal in the eyes of God.

Mr. Lagrange, Thanks!

When a law enforcement officer receives praise from a citizen, it is not only flattering, but it serves to bolster confidence, validate their career choice, and create a desire to even do better.  One of Arnaudville’s citizens, Mr. Carl Lagrange’s comments on social media did all of the above.  I proudly and humbly include it in my blog.
 
Mr. Lagrange writes:
“I can't say enough good about this man, our chief Eddy J. LeCompte. And, frankly, I could care less if some disagree.

The Lawrason Act -- What is it?

As I have taken office, I have learned much about our municipality’s form of government, which is governed by the  Lawrason Act.  The  Lawrason Actwas adopted in 1898 to provide uniform guidelines to towns and villages for governing.  Almost 250 towns and municipalities follow the  Lawrason Act, Arnaudville being among them.
 
On several occasions, we ask our mayor and alderman to enact, or provide for many things, some of which require referring to the  Lawrason Act.

Neighborhood Watch Tips

Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you from every threatening situation, which may arise. Instead, we hope to teach you how to think "Crime Prevention" in day-to-day living. The suggestions presented should not be thought of as a list of crime prevention measures, but as examples of common sense behavior that will help you to make life safer and more secure.

We're All in the Same Boat, So Let's Row Together

8/8/14
 
I attended the Louisiana Municipal Association Conference in Baton Rouge last week, and found the experience enlightening.  I had earlier attended the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police. As with any profession, one can find a professional organization made up of peers, experts, novices, and retirees, and attending those conferences and gatherings will enhance your knowledge.  Admitting that I don’t know everything about what I do, nor have experience in every conceivable scenario, I feel it is my duty and obligation to take every opportunity to glean from others, gain from their experience, and yes, be open to new concepts, new methods and ideas.

A New Place to Play...

I'm coming up two months in this position.  There have been several "surprises", but nothing that can't be handled or resolved.  But, on the other hand, I think others have been surprised at the progress we are seeing so soon.

Procedures and protocols have been established that will result in better record keeping, and better service to the community.  Senior Services will provide extra monitoring for our senior citizens living alone or with medical conditions.  Neighborhood assessments are conducted by our officers while on patrol to note any irregularities such as signs down, trash or debris, pot holes, malfunctioning street or traffic lights, etc.

What it takes prior to a drug bust...

There is a concern among our Arnaudville citizens about drugs – use as well as distribution. It’s an issue that embeds itself into our communities as drugs filter into our schools, playgrounds, neighborhoods, and even in people’s backyards.  The dealers and users blatantly, and unashamedly, transact their business on side streets, parking lots, and bridges. 
 
Arnaudville, and other small towns have become havens for drug users and dealers, partly due to the lack of resources, the lack of experienced law enforcement professionals, and sometimes weak, and ineffective leadership that turns a blind eye to the growing and often complex problem.

Honoring the APD officers and employees...

With National Police Week coming to an end, I realized that most people didn’t know about this week set aside to pay honor to all law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty, and all who remain ever vigil, protecting and serving their communities.  Our Arnaudville Police Department is part of this group of individuals who chose to serve – not for the money -- but for the opportunity.  I respect anyone who puts on the uniform and goes out to literally put their life on the line for strangers.

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.