PROMISES KEPT : ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Promises Kept

  • TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE: The motto has returned to our Police Department.  It is now proudly displayed, once again, on all of the police units purchased since I took office.  Our police department once again strives to serve the public while protecting. 
  • WITH RESPECT TO ALL: Respect is back.  Our officers once again respect the public they serve, and the public once again has respect for our police officers.
  • TRAINING: During the last campaign I spoke of our officers being trained to shoot, in the use of pepper spray and tasers and being certified in First Aid and CPR. Trained to hurt and kill but not to treat injuries and save lives.  All of our officers are now required to be certified in first aid, CPR and AED use.  Our officers are required by law to receive 20 hours of training annually.  Since I have been Chief, the officers are receiving an average of 90 plus hours annually.
  • POLICE PRESENCE: Prior to my taking office there was a lack of police presence at events occurring in the city.  I have increased the presence of officers at the various events taking place.  At events such as the Crawfish Cook-off, Mardi Gras and the Experience Louisiana Festival officers can be seen directing traffic, escorting officials, assisting patrons and just being seen as a crime deterrent.  As a result, our events are peaceful and lacking the usual criminal activity.

 

Accomplishments

  • My campaign motto “To Protect & To Serve… With respect to ALL” has been established in our police department.
  • Established a full time training officer’s position to ensure officers maintain required certifications and to implement training programs that will achieve professionalism, reduced officer misconduct and better qualified police officers
  • The number of people being tased by our officers has been reduced dramatically.
  • The instances of pepper spray use has decreased
  • The number of people who resist our officers when they are making an arrest has dropped significantly.
  • The number of people who are charged with interfering with the duties of an officer has declined to an insignificant number.
  • A consistent process has been implemented to work with the schools to tackle the truancy issue
  • Your Chief of Police and City Judge visit each school at least twice a year to address the students on current and other issues.
  • 20 police vehicles have been purchased to replace older vehicles that were no longer reliable and required much maintenance. The result is more reliable patrol cars to respond to your calls and decreased maintenance fees.
  • Purchased two bicycles used for stealth patrol of high crime areas
  • Implemented a motorcycle patrol unit manned by an officer with advanced traffic crash investigation training, utilized for traffic crash investigations and traffic enforcement details. The motor patrol is also used to conduct traffic studies to make recommendations to the city council for traffic regulations.
  • The Police Reserve Force has been revitalized allowing a greater police presence in the city, providing more services and saving overtime costs
  • The violent crime rate for the City of Eunice is down for the last 3 years according to the FBI’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Working with church and community leaders we took back our streets making them safer
  • Implemented an innovative and new patrol program to fight the summer crime wave
  • Implemented a program whereby parents are held accountable for the habitual ungovernable and criminal actions of their children
  • In cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission we have implemented a Trash/Litter Abatement program utilizing inmates to clean up our city
  • Successfully petitioned the Eunice Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board to make changes in the police sick leave and vacation policies
  • Through our State Representative, proposed and obtained passage of legislation to provide authority to the Chief of Police concerning the employment and discipline of police employees.
  • Serve on the Legislative Committee of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Appointed to serve on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon School Safety Commission.

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