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[Police Chief Candidate Review Meeting on October 23, 2023.]

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO THE POLICE CHIEF REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING ON THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD, 2023.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

LESLIE, DO WE HAVE A QUORUM AT THIS TIME? I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADOPT A MINUTES.

IS THERE A MOTION TO ADOPT? A MINUTES? SO MOVED.

SO MOVED BY MS. VICTORIA AND SECONDED BY MS. MR. MCCLANAHAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE WAY THE PROCESS IS GONNA WORK.

WE'RE GONNA INTERVIEW FIVE CANDIDATES TODAY, T BALLARD, M DANIELS, S DOUGLAS, K HINES, AND M MANNING.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE EACH CANDIDATE, UH, IN THE ORDER, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

UH, EACH ONE OF US ON THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO ASK, UH, ONE, EXCUSE ME, UP TO TWO QUESTIONS FROM THE 10 CATEGORIES THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.

PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP, THE ROLE OF POLICE, STAFFING, BUDGETING, AND EQUIPMENT, STANDARDS AND STRATEGIES, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, CULTURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY, EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY, DATA TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPARENCY, RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND PERSONNEL SUPPORT, AND THEN OFFICE OF WELLNESS AND WELLBEING.

AS YOU GET READY TO RESPOND TO EACH QUESTION, I MEAN, ASK YOU A QUESTION, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STATE WHAT CATEGORY IT IS COMING FROM.

WE'RE GONNA START TO MY RIGHT WITH MR. BRINA, AND THEN COME ALL THE WAY AROUND.

AND THEN AFTER EACH ONE OF US HAVE ASKED A QUESTION, WE'LL START OVER WITH MR. BRINA.

IF YOU S CHOOSE TO, YOU CAN ASK UP TO TWO.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ASK TWO, BUT YOU CAN ASK UP TO TWO.

WE'D LIKE TO ASK AT LEAST ONE QUESTION FROM EACH CATEGORY.

SO AGAIN, STATE THE CATEGORY YOU'RE ASKING YOUR QUESTION FROM WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO ASK.

I'M GONNA ASK THE LAST QUESTION BEFORE WE GO BACK TO MR. BRINA FOR, TO START OVER.

ALL RIGHT.

EACH CANDIDATE WILL GET THREE MINUTES TO, TO MAKE AN OPEN STATEMENT.

WE'LL GO THROUGH THE ROUND OF QUESTIONS, AND THEN EACH CANDIDATE WILL GET THREE MINUTES, EXCUSE ME, TWO MINUTES TO MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.

IS EVERYBODY WITH ME? ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE THE FIRST CANDIDATE, UH, T BALLARD, T BALLOT WHEN IT COMES.

YOU CAN PUT IT RIGHT THERE.

WE BOTH CO SEE IT.

OKAY, MR. BALLARD, HOW ARE YOU THIS AFTERNOON, JUST TO GIVE YOU A RUNDOWN OF HOW THE PROCESS IS GONNA WORK, UH, EACH ONE OF US IS GOING TO ASK YOU ONE QUESTION FROM A LIST OF, UH, CATEGORIES THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED.

UH, WE CAN ASK UP TO TWO QUESTIONS.

EACH ONE OF US WILL DEFINITELY ASK ONE.

IF WE FEEL THE NEED TO ASK TWO, WE'LL DO THAT AGAIN.

YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES, UH, TO MAKE AN OPENING STATEMENT.

WE'RE GONNA ASK A ROUND OF QUESTIONS, AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.

ALL RIGHT? AND THEN AFTER THAT, UH, IF THERE ARE ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, UH, WE'RE GONNA ALLOW THEM TO, TO COME UP AND MAKE ANY COMMENTS.

UH, IF THEY MAKE A COMMENT DIRECTLY GERMANE TO ANYTHING YOU SAID OR STATED AND YOU WANT TO COME BACK, WE'LL GIVE YOU TWO MINUTES TO COME BACK AND, AND REBUT ANYTHING OR RESPOND TO ANYTHING ANYONE HAS SAID.

ALRIGHT.

SO WITH THAT BEING STATED, UH, AS EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER ASK A QUESTION, THEY'RE GONNA TELL YOU WHICH CATEGORY IT COMES FROM.

ALL RIGHT.

AND WE'RE GONNA START WITH MR. BRINA.

OH, I THOUGHT HE WAS GIVING AN OPENING, OPENING STATEMENT.

OH, I'M SORRY.

OPENING THE STATEMENT.

THREE MINUTES.

AFTERNOON.

PRESS THAT GREEN BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MIC RIGHT THERE.

ALRIGHT, START THE TIME OVER.

LET'S START THIS TIME OVER.

CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME BETTER? YEAH.

ALRIGHT.

LOUD AND CLEAR.

I MIGHT PACE.

SO, UM, GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME'S BRIAN BALLARD.

I'M A LIEUTENANT WITH THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I CURRENTLY SERVE AS THE COMMANDER OF THE HOMICIDE DIVISION.

I'VE BEEN THE HOMICIDE DIVISION FOR ABOUT 16 YEARS.

BEFORE THAT, I WAS IN UNIFORM PATROL AT PLANK ROAD.

UH, FIRST DISTRICT IS WHEN I GOT ASSIGNED PRETTY MUCH RIGHT OUTTA THE ACADEMY.

AFTER A LITTLE TRAINING IN AND AROUND THE LSU AREA.

I'M A GRADUATE OF SCOTLANDVILLE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, THEN WENT TO LSU.

DURING LSUI STARTED AS A RESERVE FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I KIND OF DEVELOPED MY PASSION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.

ONCE I, ONCE I GRADUATED FROM LSU, I CAME TO THE BATON ROUGE POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY, WENT THROUGH THE ACADEMY, AND THEN GOT ASSIGNED.

UM, IT'S REALLY BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK HERE.

IT, I'VE GOT LIFELONG FRIENDS THAT WORK FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I HAVE, I MEAN, IT'S PROVIDED FOR MY FAMILY.

IT'S PROVIDED FOR ME IN THE LAST 23, 24 YEARS OF ME WORKING HERE.

AND I JUST THINK THAT SOME OF MY, THE THINGS THAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO LEARN WHILE IN THE HOMICIDE DIVISION, WHICH WAS, UH, JUST, JUST INTERACTING WITH FOLKS AND, AND COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WAS SOMETHING THAT I REALLY ENJOYED ABOUT BEING IN HOMICIDE AND AS A POLICE OFFICER IN GENERAL.

SO, OTHER THAN THAT, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO START TAKING ANY QUESTIONS.

AND I APPRECIATE THAT Y'ALL

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LETTING ME COME AND SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. BALLARD.

MR. BRINA.

THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN.

NOW, MR. BALLARD, I SAW IN YOUR RESUME THAT YOU HAVE CRITICAL INCIDENT AND STRESS MANAGEMENT, WHICH, UH, RELATES AT LEAST HOW IT SEEMS TO CATEGORY 10, WHICH IS OFFICER WELLNESS AND WELLBEING.

AND I THOUGHT I'D START OUT BY ASKING YOU THIS, 'CAUSE I HAVE FAMILY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND I KNOW THAT THE EMOTIONAL WEIGHT CAN BE A LOT AND THAT IT CAN AFFECT PERSONAL LIFE OUTSIDE AND ALSO PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY.

SO THE QUESTION IS, HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES THAT OFFICERS MAY FACE AND ENSURE THEIR HOLISTIC WELLBEING, PARTICULARLY AFTER DISTRESSING INCIDENTS? I MEAN, THAT'S A HARD QUESTION.

UH, A LOT OF TIMES AFTER SERIOUSLY STRESSFUL INCIDENCES, I KNOW THE CURRENT, WHAT WE NORMALLY DO OR WE'VE BEEN DOING RECENTLY IS PUTTING PEOPLE ON ADMIN LEAVE.

I THINK IT'S, IT'S, THAT'S GOOD TO LET AN OFFICER DECOMPRESS.

I THINK THAT YOU ALSO CAN, UH, WE, I WORKED WITH THAT CRITICAL STRESS THAT'S WITH THE PEER SUPPORT TEAM.

I THINK THAT WE HAVE A NICE LITTLE GROUP OF FOLKS THAT WE CAN KEEP UP ON EACH OTHER.

THAT'S THE MAIN THING.

I THINK A LOT OF TIMES WHEN PEOPLE GET PUT ON ADMIN LEAVE, SOMETIMES THEY, THEY HAVE SOME QUESTIONS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

I THINK THAT WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ACTUALLY REACHING OUT TO THEM, LETTING THEM KNOW THE PROCESSES AND, AND PART OF OUR CRITICAL STRESS, UH, TEAM THAT WE DID, LIKE I WILL, WE'VE DONE SOME DEBRIEFS WITH OTHER AGENCIES AND THAT WAS, THEY'D SEEN THINGS THAT DISTURBED THEM AND WE WERE ABLE TO ALMOST HAVE LIKE A SMALL SETTING.

WE CAN DEBRIEF SOMETHING.

WE CAN KIND OF JUST TALK ABOUT NO, NO RANK, NO, NO, JUST COPS TALKING TO OTHER COPS ABOUT STUFF THAT THEY HAD SEEN.

AND, AND JUST KEEPING AN OPEN DIALOGUE, WHICH IS, I MEAN, PRETTY MUCH KEEPING AN OPEN DIALOGUE IS THE SECRET TO ALL OF THIS.

THANK YOU, MR. PETTO.

AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TAG.

SO EACH QUESTION.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT.

OPEN DIALOGUE IS DEFINITELY KEY.

I'M COMING FROM THE CATEGORY OF STANDARDS AND STRATEGIES.

WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PILLAR OF 21ST CENTURY POLICING FOR OUR AGENCY AND WHY? WITHOUT A DOUBT, COMMUNITY POLICING.

UM, AND THAT AGAIN, GOES WITH THE OPEN DIALOGUE.

I DO A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY WALKS.

I GET A LOT OF INFORMATION IN HOMICIDE.

WE'LL JUST GO OUT TO CERTAIN AREAS AND JUST TALK TO FOLKS.

YOU MIGHT NOT GET ANYTHING THAT DAY, BUT JUST WHEN, WHEN CITIZENS AND POLICE OFFICERS CAN TALK, JUST PUT ASIDE ALL THE FORMALITIES AND WE CAN JUST HAVE A CONVERSATION.

I THINK YOU CAN GET A LOT OF STUFF DONE.

I THINK THAT, I MEAN, WE HAVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND EVERYTHING, BUT JUST TALK TO ANOTHER PERSON LIKE THEY'RE ANOTHER PERSON.

I MEAN, YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY COME FROM IN LIFE.

YOU DON'T KNOW.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'VE COME, THE THINGS YOU'VE SEEN.

I THINK THAT COMMUNITY POLICING IS BY FAR THE, THE THE MOST IMPORTANT.

THANK YOU, MR. MCCLANAHAN.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON, UH, BALLOT.

UH, MY, UH, QUESTIONS COME TO YOU FROM PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP.

WHAT'S THE, WHAT DOES THE FIRST ONE 100 DAYS LOOK LIKE? RANK THE TOP FIVE PRIORITIES AND YOUR PROCESS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THEM? FIRST A HUNDRED DAYS ARE DEFINITELY, I'M GONNA TAKE AT LEAST 30, IF NOT A LITTLE BIT MORE TO SIT BACK AND KIND OF SEE WHAT THE PROCESSES ARE NOW.

UH, I KNOW I'M KIND OF WELL FAMILIAR WITH MY LITTLE SHORT AREA OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I NEED TO KIND OF BRUSH UP ON THE BIGGER THE, THE MORE THE, THE UNIT AS A WHOLE.

UM, I THINK THAT ONE OF MY MAIN THINGS WITHIN THE FIRST A HUNDRED DAYS WOULD BE I WANT TO MEET WITH A LOT OF THE OFFICERS AND ROLL CALLS AND CHECK MORALE.

UM, I KNOW THAT THAT'S ALWAYS A QUESTION WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP.

AND THAT'S, I THINK THAT THE MORALE OF THE UNIFORM GUYS IS GOING TO TRICKLE DOWN TO THEM BEING BETTER POLICE OFFICERS AND BEING ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THE CITIZENS A LOT BETTER.

MS. CALWELL, GOOD EVENING.

UM, MINE IS GOING TO COME FROM, UM, EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY.

UM, THE MAYOR HAS COMMITTED TO, UH, POLICE REFORM, UH, AND COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS, UH, FROM THE COMMUNITY NEED TO BE HEARD.

UM, THE CREATION OF A CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT AGENCY, UM, WOULD HELP THE POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY RELATE.

AND I'M CURIOUS WHAT, UM, WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON INTERACTING WITH SOME, SOME FORM OF CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT.

I, I WOULD HAVE TO KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

I'D HAVE TO KINDA SEE.

UM, I AM MORE OF A, I WOULD SAY PRAGMATIC PERSON.

I WANNA BE ON THE GROUND DOING THINGS MYSELF, SEEING THE PROCESSES.

I THINK THAT POLICE REFORM THE MAIN THING WHEN JUST KIND OF LOOKING AT A LOT OF THIS STUFF THAT, UH, WE

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DEAL WITH TODAY.

I THINK THE MAIN THING IN POLICE REFORM IS ACCOUNTABILITY.

UM, WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CITIZENS OF CITY, BUT WE'RE ALSO ACCOUNTABLE TO THE OFFICERS TO GIVE THEM A FAIR SHOT IN ANY TYPE OF SITUATION WHERE YOU MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO WHERE IT IS AN OFFICER VERSUS THERE MAY BE SOME TYPE OF INTERACTION THAT'S, THAT DIDN'T GO SO WELL BETWEEN THE CITIZENS AND THE POLICE.

UM, I THINK THAT ALSO REFORM IS A CONTINUING PROCESS.

WE NEED TO ALWAYS TRY, TRY TO DO BETTER AND SHORTENING, SHORTENING OR LIMITING THESE IMPERFECTIONS WITHIN OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND IF WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

AGAIN, I, I'M, I SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD WITH DIALOGUE, BUT I'M, I'M A BIG THAT I'M A PEOPLE PERSON.

I LIKE TALKING TO FOLKS.

I LIKE, I LIKE INTERACTING WITH FOLK.

AND I THINK FOR OVER, I WANNA SAY OVERSIGHT, THINGS LIKE THAT.

I LIKE TOWN HALL MEETINGS.

I THINK I WOULD GO TO A LOT OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I ENJOY.

I LIKE MEETING THE COMMUNITY THAT WAY.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU PASTOR GIBSON.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS POTENTIALLY DISCRIMINATORY STOPS AND ARRESTS? AND THIS IS FROM THE SECTION ON STANDARDS AND STRATEGIES.

IF WE'RE MAKING ANY TYPE OF DISCRIMINATING STOPS, THEN THAT, THAT'S AGAINST POLICY.

WE DO NOT, UH, WE DON'T POLICE OFF OF BIASES OR WE POLICE OFF OF PROBABLE CAUSE.

SO IF THERE'S ANYONE STOPPING ANY ONE OF ANY RACE, COLOR, CREED, THAT'S AGAINST POLICY FOR BATON ROUGE POLICE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. BALL.

MR. GRAVES, I'M GONNA DRAW FROM THE LEADERSHIP CULTURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY CATEGORY.

AND, UM, MY QUESTION IS, WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH THE POLICE UNION AND DO YOU SEE AVENUES FOR IMPROVING RELATIONS, UH, WITHOUT COMPROMISING ACCOUNTABILITY? AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THAT AREA? I, I'M A MEMBER OF THE POLICE UNION.

I, I KNOW MOST OF THE MEMBERS INDIVIDUALLY.

I, I WILL TELL YOU THAT I DON'T ATTEND MEETINGS REGULARLY EVERY NOW AND THEN.

IF, IF SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT A POLICE PAY RAISE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I MIGHT ATTEND, UH, THOSE TYPE OF MEETINGS.

BUT I DON'T REGULARLY ATTEND UNION MEETINGS.

BUT I DO KNOW THAT I HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP INDIVIDUALLY WITH THE MEMBERS OF THAT UNION.

I THINK THAT MY RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE GUYS COULD, COULD HELP IN DEALING WITH THE UNION AS A WHOLE.

OKAY.

MR. COLLINS, HOW YOU DOING, MR. BARRETT? SO MY FIRST QUESTION'S GONNA COME FROM STANDARD AND STRATEGIES.

UM, CAN YOU SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS ON THE BROKEN WINDOWS APPROACH AND STOP AND FRISK TACTICS? WELL, I, I THINK GOES BACK TO THAT QUESTION THAT WE JUST HAD.

UM, WE BASE THINGS OFF OF PROBABLE CAUSE.

I THINK THAT ALONG WITH COMMUNITY POLICING, I, WHEN I WAS A PATROLMAN, I REALLY ENJOYED MEETING THE PEOPLE, WHETHER IT WAS THE GUYS THAT I KNOW WERE GONNA BE OVER HERE DOING STUFF THAT WE DON'T WANT 'EM TO DO.

OR MEETING LITTLE, THE TWO LITTLE OLD LADIES THAT LIVE IN A HOUSE TOGETHER 'CAUSE THEIR HUSBAND'S PASSED AWAY ON SHERWOOD STREET.

I THINK THAT THERE IS MERIT TO ACTIVE PATROLS.

I THINK THAT WE SHOULD DO PROACTIVE PATROLS AS POLICE OFFICERS.

ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT I TALK TO WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE IN CERTAIN AREAS WHEN WE DO THESE WALKS, THEY WANT TO KNOW, THEY WANT TO BE SEEN.

THEY WANT US TO BE SEEN.

THEY'RE LIKE, I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU COME DOWN MY STREET IN TWO WEEKS.

UM, A LOT OF THESE PLACES, I THINK JUST THE MERE PRESENCE OF A UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICER IN A MARKED POLICE CAR AND GOING OUT AND MAYBE NOT SO MUCH MAKING A TRAFFIC STOP.

IT AIN'T STOPPING AND TALKING TO SOMEBODY LIKE A, A LOT OF THAT, AGAIN, OPEN DIALOGUE IS GONNA HELP US.

AND WHEN YOU GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY'RE GONNA TELL YOU WHAT'S WRONG AND THEY CAN HELP YOU FIX IT.

OKAY.

AND MY SECOND QUESTION COMES FROM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UH, I'M SORRY, I'M GONNA COME BACK AROUND TO YOU.

MY BAD.

FOR THE SECOND QUESTION, IS IT A SERPENTINE LIKE IT LIKE WHEN YOU'RE DRAFTING, OR DO I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER LOOP AGAIN? , MS. MATTHEWS, AM I, IS IT WORKING? YES, I HEAR YOU.

OH, CAN YOU HEAR ME? CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY.

MY QUESTION IS COMING FROM THE PERSONAL APPROACH, UM, IN LEADERSHIP CATEGORY.

THIS POSITION IS ACEO OF A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR ORGANIZATION, WHICH OVERSEES HUNDREDS OF STAFF AND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND MANAGES THOUSANDS OF PHYSICAL RESOURCES.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? UM, WHAT IN YOUR BACKGROUND MAKES YOU QU QUALIFIED TO SERVE AT THIS LEVEL? PLEASE PROVIDE SPECIFIC DETAILS.

I HAVE, I'M TRY, I'M GONNA TRY TO TRANSLATE WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING IN HOMICIDE, WHICH I'VE JUST RECENTLY, WITHIN THE LAST YEAR TOOK OVER AS THE LU THE COMMANDER.

AND I'M, I UNDERSTAND

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THAT AS ACEO, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO TRUST THE TALENT THAT YOU HAVE ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I KNOW THAT IN SPEAKING WITH FOLKS THAT WE ARE, THERE IS A LOT OF TALENTED PEOPLE WITH VERY SPECIFIC FIELDS OF, UH, EXPERTISE THAT ARE INSIDE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I'M GONNA HAVE TO DO ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S HARD FOR ME, WHICH IS TO DELEGATE, BUT I WILL SURROUND MYSELF WITH FOLKS THAT HAVE THE PROPER BACKGROUND IN ASSET MANAGEMENT AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

LIKE, I'M PRETTY MUCH JUST IN CHARGE OF A, UH, A FEW POLICE CARS THAT IF WE CAN KEEP 'EM ON THE ROAD, UH, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

BUT IT, I KNOW THAT THAT COULD BE CONSIDERABLY, UH, MORE LABOR INTENSIVE ONCE, UH, YOU'RE LOOKING AT A WHOLE FLEET.

MR. BALLARD, MY CHIEF COMES FROM THE ROLE OF POLICE.

WHAT ARE THE THREE PRIMARY OR MOST IMPORTANT ROLES OF A CHIEF OF POLICE, PARTICULARLY IN THE JURISDICTION LIKE THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE? I THINK THAT THE POLICE CHIEF NEEDS TO BE, OR, OR FOR THE CHIEF, OR JUST POLICE IN GENERAL, FOR THE CHIEF OF POLICE.

I THINK THREE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE JOB FOR THE CHIEF OF POLICE, WE ARE, UH, TO, TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

YOU, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO BE, YOU'RE THE PERSON, YOU'RE THE FACE OF THE DEPARTMENT A LOT OF TIMES, EXCEPT FOR GINO, WHO'S A LOT BETTER LOOKING.

UM, I WOULD SAY THAT LEADERSHIP, AND, AND ALSO, AGAIN, I TOUCHED ON IT BEFORE, ACCOUNTABILITY.

PEOPLE ARE, PEOPLE EXPECT YOU TO DO WHAT YOU PROMISED PEOPLE EXPECT AND DESERVE, THAT YOU TAKE OVER AND, AND COMPLETE YOUR OBJECTIVES.

THAT WHAT WHATEVER IT HAS BEEN.

SO I THINK THAT LEADERSHIP, UM, AND HONESTLY, YOU NEED TO BE A CHEERLEADER.

I WE NEED TO BE A CHAMPION FOR SOME OF THESE OFFICERS.

UH, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DO AS POLICE OFFICERS THAT GO UNSUNG.

AND I CAN TELL YOU, UH, WITH EITHER MENTORING YOUNG KIDS, BEING THE COACHES, OUTREACH AND, AND, AND TAKING CARE OF FOLKS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE, THAT WE DO THAT WE DON'T GET CREDIT FOR.

THAT IF THE PUBLIC WERE TO SEE THAT THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND, UH, MORE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, WHICH IS JUST HAVE A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE WE SERVE.

MR. BRINER, AGAIN, MR. BALLARD, UH, THIS COMES FROM CATEGORY ONE, PERSONAL APPROACH IN LEADERSHIP AND CONSIDERING YOUR EMPHASIS ON KIND OF TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND ALSO THE OFFICERS THEMSELVES.

A QUESTION THAT MAY BE KIND OF DIFFICULT TO ANSWER, BUT THE BEST YOU CAN IS WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, STAKEHOLDERS, OFFICERS, THE COMMUNITY, THE POLICE UNION, POLITICAL ACTORS, WHOEVER MIGHT BE, HAVE FAITH IN AND UNDERSTAND THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE AS CHIEF OF POLICE? HONEST DIALOGUE, WE'RE NOT GONNA SIT HERE AND PUSH SOMETHING DOWN THE ROAD.

IF IT'S SOMETHING THAT I CAN'T DISCUSS AT THIS SPECIFIC MOMENT, I WILL TELL YOU, HEY, LOOK, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I CAN'T DISCUSS RIGHT NOW, BUT WE WILL VISIT THIS ANOTHER TIME.

WE DO A LOT OF THAT IN HOMICIDE.

UH, THERE ARE, WE HAVE ACTIVE CASES AND WE HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE A LOT OF TIMES THAT WE CAN'T TELL THEM EVERYTHING, BUT WE'RE GONNA TELL THEM ENOUGH.

I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE'RE, WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THAT WITH EVERYONE.

IT'S JUST SOMETIMES WE CANNOT, WE CAN'T, WE CAN'T DISCUSS EVERYTHING.

BUT OPEN, OPEN AND HONEST DIALOGUE, OPEN AND HONEST.

I MEAN, I CAN'T STRESS IT ENOUGH.

I MEAN, ALL WE, I DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S A SINGLE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN THIS CITY THAT WE CAN'T FIX BY SITTING DOWN AND HAVING A CUP OF COFFEE AND TALKING ABOUT IT.

I HONESTLY DON'T, I, I I WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND I MEAN, EVERYBODY CAN FIND A COMMON GROUND SOMEWHERE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

MS. VICTORIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR, THIS IS COMING FROM THE PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LEGACY WHEN YOU RETIRE? I THINK MY LEGACY WOULD BE THE, THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY.

UH, UNDERSTANDING THE THINGS THAT WE DO AND THAT, THAT THEY ARE, FOR THE MOST PART, PLEASED BY THE JOB THAT WE DO.

AND THAT THE OFFICERS ARE WELL AS WELL, ARE, HAVE A GOOD MENTAL STATE AND, AND CAN DO THEIR 30 YEARS AND LEAVE HERE NOT FEELING LIKE IT WAS A BURDEN.

I STILL ENJOY COMING TO WORK EVERY DAY.

I THINK IT IS A VICTORY WHEN PEOPLE START RETIRING AND THEY'RE LIKE, MAN, I JUST, IT WENT BY LIKE THIS.

I THINK THAT AS LONG AS THE CITIZENS FOR ARE MOSTLY HAPPY WITH WHAT WE'RE DOING AND OUR OFFICERS ARE HAPPY, THAT'S A WIN.

EVERYTHING ELSE CAN FALL BY THE WAYSIDE.

THANK YOU, MR. CLIN.

UH, OFFICER, UH, BALL, UH, I KNOW YOU TOUCHED ON, UH, YOU'RE, YOU'RE A MEMBER OF THE POLICE UNION

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AND WHAT HAVE YOU.

BATON ROUGE HAS TWO POLICE UNIONS, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN.

AND DO YOU SUPPORT HAVING TWO LAW ENFORCEMENT UNIONS REPRESENTING THE MEMBERS OF THE BAT BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT? YEAH.

WELL, I'M FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES.

UH, BOTH, BOTH PARTIES THAT ARE INVOLVED IN BATON ROUGE.

UM, I WORK IN VIOLENT CRIMES UNIT.

IT'S, THERE'S A HANDFUL OF US.

MOST OF US ARE.

SOME OF US ARE IN BOTH.

SOME OF US ARE IN JUST ONE OR TWO.

BUT AGAIN, THAT'S NOT AN ISSUE.

WE'VE ALWAYS WORKED TOGETHER.

IT, IT'S, IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL.

MS. CORWELL, MY MY, PARDON ME.

MY SECOND QUESTION'S COMING FROM CATEGORY THREE, STAFFING, BUDGETING, BUDGETING AND EQUIPMENT.

UM, WHAT STRATEGIES WILL YOU USE TO DETERMINE AND FULFILL STAFFING NEEDS? I KNOW IN, IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD, UM, SOME BUDGET, SOME BUDGET, UH, ISSUES WERE DEALT WITH THROUGH, YOU KNOW, EFFICIENCY.

UH, THAT MAY MEAN WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE, WHATEVER.

HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE OUR NEEDS AND, AND GET THOSE FULFILLED? I THINK THAT, UH, WHEN YOU CAN DETERMINE THE NEEDS BY WHAT SERVICES ARE WE PROVIDING? ARE WE, ARE WE HAVING TO HOLD CALLS FOR SEVERAL WAY TOO LONG? UM, BUT HONESTLY, A LOT OF THE ST UM, I WOULD SAY RECRUITING.

UH, WE'RE, WE'RE DOWN A HUNDRED PLUS OFFICERS.

I THINK OUR BEST TOOL, UH, AS POLICE OFFICERS IS THE POLICE OFFICERS THEMSELVES.

IF YOU CAN WALK AROUND AND TALK TO FOLKS, IF YOU CAN WALK AROUND AND SHOW THE BENEFITS AND, AND THE ADVANTAGES OF COMING TO WORK FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE, WE CAN SELL OURSELVES.

UH, I MEAN, YOU'RE ALWAYS GONNA WANT TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL THE NEWER THINGS THAT FOLKS DO TODAY.

I'M, I'M OLD FOGEY.

I DON'T, I DON'T, I JUST GOT ON INSTAGRAM.

UH, I JUST POST PICTURES OF MY DOGS.

BUT I REALLY THINK THAT, THAT WE ARE OUR OWN BEST RESOURCE TO DRAW MORE CANDIDATES HERE BECAUSE IF YOU CAN HAVE SOMEBODY THAT WHEN YOU'RE, YOU BUMP INTO 'EM AT THE GROCERY STORE AND THEY TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH OF A, THAT THEY'LL ENJOY WORKING FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT SAYS VOLUMES.

PASTOR GIBSON, UH, FROM PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP, UH, IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA NEEDED IN THE NEW CHIEF OF POLICE TO BE AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR? I MEAN, IT'S ONE THING I THINK TO SIT, TO SIT HERE IN FRONT OF Y'ALL.

THIS IS KIND OF, I GUESS THIS IS COMFORTABLE FOR ME.

I'M USED TO SITTING IN GRAND JURIES, BUT I THINK A LOT OF THE INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS WE'RE LACKING THESE DAYS.

'CAUSE PEOPLE ARE STUCK IN THEIR CELL PHONES.

I THINK THAT JUST TO COME UP AND, AND TO BE A GOOD COMMUNICATOR AND TO EXPLAIN THE PROCESSES THAT WE HAVE TO DO AND WHY IT'S HAPPENING THIS WAY.

I THINK IF YOU EXPLAIN THINGS TO MOST FOLKS, THEY UNDERSTAND IT.

BUT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT THERE WITH VARIOUS TOOLS AND EXPLAIN THE REASON THAT WE DO THE WHAT WE DO.

MR. GRAVEL, UH, YES.

OFFICER BALLARD, THIS IS FROM STAFFING, BUDGETING AND EQUIPMENT.

UM, HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS THE, THE COORDINATION AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, SUCH AS THE SHERIFF AND ALSO FEDERAL AGENCIES? AND CAN THOSE, UH, RELATIONS BE IMPROVED TO, UH, POLICE MORE EFFECTIVELY? ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, I WORK IN THE VIOLENT CRIME UNIT.

WE'RE HOUSED AT STATE POLICE.

I INTERACT EVERY DAY WITH MEMBERS OF THE STATE, POLICE, FEDERAL AGENCIES, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

WE, WE KIND OF CAN PASS INFORMATION ALONG.

THAT WAS WHY IT WAS CREATED IN 2011.

WE CAME TOGETHER TO SHARE IDEAS.

SOMETIMES OUR, OUR BAD GUYS OR BAD GIRLS, THEY DON'T OVERLAP, BUT SOMETIMES THEY DO.

BUT WE, WE ARE SITTING THERE, WE SEE EACH OTHER EVERY DAY.

I PASS THE GUYS AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WHILE WE'RE DRINKING COFFEE AND DISCUSS THE CASES THAT THEY ARE WORKING, THE CASES THAT WE ARE, THAT WE WORK.

I THINK WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP, I KNOW, IN THE VIOLENT CRIMES UNIT, AND I CAN'T SEE ANY REASON WHY THAT WOULDN'T BLEED OUT TO SOME OF THE OTHER, UH, LARGER DE DEPARTMENTS AS A WHOLE.

I MEAN, I'VE NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES WORKING WITH ANY OF THE REST OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND, UH, SHERIFFS AND STATE AROUND HERE.

SO I DON'T SEE THAT BEING AN ISSUE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. COLLINS.

LIEUTENANT BALLARD, ARE YOU GOING TO UPDATE AND RELEASE A KAREN BRADY BRADY LIST? IF NOT, WHY? IF SO, WHY? I THINK THE, DID WE RELEASE IT THE LAST TIME? I THINK THAT WAS THE DA'S OFFICE THAT ACTUALLY RELEASED A BRADY LIST.

IF I'M, IF, I MEAN, I, IF THERE'S ANYONE, AND, AND BELIEVE ME, THIS

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IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I DON'T WANT ANY PERSON TO HAVE TO TESTIFY IN ONE OF MY CASES THAT COULD HAVE THEIR, THAT COULD HAVE THEIR TESTIMONY THROWN OUT.

SO IF THERE'S ANYONE EXCLUDED FROM TESTIFYING OR PUTTING ON A BRADY LIST THAT THEIR CHARACTERS IN QUESTION THAT THAT MIGHT BE A, THAT'S GONNA BE AN ISSUE.

SO WOULD YOU RELEASE IT OR NOT? I WOULD.

MS. MATTHEW, THIS, UM, QUESTION COMES FROM RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, AND PERSONNEL SUPPORT.

WHAT CAN BE DONE IN BATON ROUGE TO RECRUIT MORE QUALIFIED OFFICERS? AND HOW WOULD YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA? AGAIN, I, I DON'T WORK IN RECRUITING, BUT I DO KNOW SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT DO WORK IN THERE.

UH, THEY DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB RIGHT NOW WITH TRYING TO RECRUIT NEW OFFICERS.

UNFORTUNATELY, ACROSS NATIONWIDE, RECRUITING IS AN ISSUE.

RECRUITING IS, RECRUITING IS AN ISSUE WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES AROUND HERE.

AGAIN, I'LL GO BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING BEFORE.

I THINK WE'RE OUR BEST TOOL TO DO THAT.

I THINK THAT YOU CAN COME IN HERE.

I, I CAN SELL BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO A SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO BE A POLICE OFFICER AND ANY, ANY AVENUE HE WISHES, WISH HE OR SHE WISHES TO PURSUE, WE CAN DO THAT HERE.

WE, WE CAN, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN INVESTIGATIONS, IF YOU'RE ARREST IN, ARRESTED IN CRIME SCENE, I THINK THAT WE UNFORTUNATELY HAVE ENOUGH BUSINESS IN BATON ROUGE TO WHERE ANY, WHATEVER YOUR NICHE OR YOU BELIEVE YOUR NICHE TO BE WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WE CAN, WE CAN, UH, ACCOMMODATE THAT.

SO I KNOW A LOT, LIKE I, I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS THAT WANNA COME HERE AND THEY HAVE VERY SPECIFIC THINGS THAT THEY WANNA DO.

AND I THINK THAT THAT'S A DRAW.

I THINK THAT YOU CAN, PEOPLE WATCH CSII WANNA BE ACSI PERSON.

WELL, COME ON IN.

WE CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO DO THAT.

WE, WE DO A WHOLE LOT OF, WE HAVE A, WE'RE VERY, WE'RE VERY, UH, WE'RE VERY BROAD WITH WHAT WE CAN DO AND THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS THAT WE HAVE.

.

HOW, HOW DO YOU, AND THIS QUESTION COMES FROM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

HOW DO YOU INTEND TO ENGAGE YOUTH ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY TO PRODUCE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR OFFICERS? I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE, UH, WE HAVE A TRU GROUP NOW, BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO HAVE MORE OFFICERS VISITING THE SCHOOLS.

I THINK THAT THEY NEED TO SEE US AS A BENEFIT THAN THE, THE SCARY POLICE OFFICER THAT COMES AND GETS.

I THINK THAT EVERY POLICE INTERACTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SOMEONE WAS IN TROUBLE.

I GREW UP IN, UH, BAKER, LOUISIANA.

ALL OF MY BALL COACHES WERE ALL POLICE OFFICERS.

IF I SAW A POLICE OFFICER, I'D WANNA COME AND, AND TALK TO 'EM.

WE DID.

WE TRIED TO HARBOR THAT AND TRIED TO FOSTER THAT.

UH, KIND OF SAME THING WHEN I WAS IN PATROL.

I'D GO AND TALK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS, BUT A A LOT OF TIMES I THINK THAT STEP OUT AND TALK TO A YOUNG MAN, A YOUNG PERSON, LIKE THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT, I DON'T, I DON'T THAT THE WORST THING THAT I, I HATE TO SEE IS A POLICE OFFICER AS YOU'RE WALKING THROUGH A GROCERY STORE AND THEY'RE LIKE, THERE'S THE POLICE.

IF YOU, IF YOU ACT UP, I'M GONNA GET YOU.

I'M GONNA TELL 'EM TO GET YOU THAT.

I SAID, AND I SAID, I STOP PEOPLE.

AND I SAY, DON'T TELL SOMEBODY THAT.

I SAID, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO COME TO ME.

IF YOU'RE LOST AND YOU CAN'T FIND YOUR MOM AND DAD IN THE STORE, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO COME TO A POLICE OFFICER.

AND I THINK THAT IF WE CAN, YOU KNOW, KIND OF BROADEN THAT A LITTLE BIT, THEY KIDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME TO US.

I KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH A LOT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE VIOLENCE THAT IS, UH, PLAGUED NOT ONLY THIS CITY, BUT ACROSS THE NATION.

AND THEY NEED BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN COME TO US FOR PROTECTION.

THANK YOU, MR. BALLARD.

YOU NOW HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MAKE CLOSING REMARKS.

UM, I WOULD SAY THAT I DID, IN, IN PREPARING FOR THIS TODAY THAT I LOOKED UP THE MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE BATON ROUGE POLICE.

AND OF ALL OF THIS BOOK, IT'S ABOUT ONE SENTENCE, AND IT IS TO SERVE WITH THE BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY TO PREVENT CRIME AND TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND WELLBEING FOR ALL WE GO, WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS TO, I MEAN, WE CAN REALLY BOIL IT DOWN TO THIS ONE SENTENCE.

I'VE DEDICATED MY CAREER TO FIGHTING VIOLENT CRIME.

I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE PROMOTING SAFETY FOR ALL.

THERE'S NOT A SINGLE CHILD THAT, THAT DOESN'T DESERVE TO GO PLAY BALL IN THIS FRONT YARD AND HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY VIOLENT CRIME THAT HAPPENED IN THIS CITY.

AND I HAVE, I HAVE PRETTY MUCH TRIED DURING MY CAREER TO TAKE MY LITTLE PIECE OUT OF IT.

I THINK THAT, UM, A LOT OF TIMES WE, WE CAN CONFUSE THINGS WITH THESE BIG, SWEEPING CHANGES.

AND MY DAD TOLD ME AT ONE WHEN I WAS A LOT YOUNGER THAN I AM NOW, THAT YOU CAN BUILD YOUR LIFE ON THE SIMPLE PRINCIPLES.

I THINK THAT YOU, IF YOU CAN DO THAT, THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE, IF YOU CAN BUILD OFF OF THOSE THINGS, THEN THAT WILL

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HELP IN THE LONG RUN.

I DON'T THINK THAT, UH, I THINK THAT WE HAVE A, A BUNCH OF GOOD MEN AND WOMEN WITH THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I'VE SEEN IT EVERY DAY.

I SAW, I SAW IT THIS WEEKEND WHEN THEY RAB WHEN THEY SURROUNDED THE OFFICERS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE TRAFFIC CRASH.

I KNOW WE HAVE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN WITH GOOD HEARTS ON THIS DEPARTMENT, AND IF THEY CAN JUST KIND OF SHOW THAT TO EVERYBODY ELSE, THEN THAT, THAT WOULD SPEAK FOR ITSELF.

I THINK THAT I COULD BE THE ONE TO LEAD THESE MEN AND WOMEN ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM.

I, I'M NOT AFRAID, UH, I HAVE THICK SKIN.

I'VE HAD TO WALK INTO THESE PLACES IN THE PAST AND TELL FOLKS THE WORST NEWS THAT THEY'RE EVER GONNA HEAR IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE.

SO, A LITTLE IF, IF, IF I CAN GO AND WALK INTO THESE FAMILIES AND TELL 'EM THAT THEIR LOVED ONE IS, IS NOT COMING BACK.

I, I DON'T THINK THAT, UH, A LITTLE BACKTALK FROM OTHER FOLKS AROUND THE CITY IS GONNA RUIN, UH, WHAT I GOT TO DO.

I WOULD JUST WANT TO PUT THIS CITY FIRST, PUT THESE OFFICERS THAT I KNOW THAT THEY'RE DOING A GREAT JOB.

AND THAT'S IT.

MR. BALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INTERVIEWING WITH THIS COMMITTEE TO BE THE NEXT CHIEF OF POLICE.

WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOU, AND THIS CONCLUDES THE INTERVIEW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COMMITTEE, JUST A REMINDER TO MAKE SURE YOU ANNOUNCE AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR QUESTION, WHICH CATEGORY IS COMING FROM.

WE READY FOR THE NEXT CANDIDATE.

Y'ALL READY? ALRIGHT.

YES.

SHE WON'T TAKE BACK.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR NEXT CANDIDATE IS GONNA BE M DANIELS.

M DANIELS.

I THOUGHT THREE MINUTES, TWO MINUTES, THREE MINUTES FOR OPEN AND TWO MINUTES.

TWO MINUTES FOR EACH QUESTION.

I WANNA THANK ALL THE PEOPLE IN GENERAL PUBLIC FOR COMING OUT AND BEING WITH US THIS EVENING.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE A PUBLIC PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEWS, JUST SO YOU ALL ARE AWARE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. DANIELS.

GOOD AFTERNOON, SIR.

MY NAME IS LAMONT COLE.

I'M THE CHAIR OF THE POLICE CHIEF INTERVIEW COMMITTEE.

I'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW THE INTERVIEW IS GOING TO WORK.

EACH ONE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IS GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION FROM A LIST OF CATEGORIES THAT WE HAVE ALREADY IDENTIFIED.

UH, YOU'LL BE GIVEN TWO MINUTES TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION PRIOR TO ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS.

YOU'LL BE GIVEN THREE MINUTES TO MAKE AN OPENING STATEMENT.

UH, AND THEN AFTER YOU ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS, YOU'LL BE GIVEN TWO MINUTES TO MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.

UH, EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER CAN ASK UP TO TWO QUESTIONS, UP TO TWO, WE'LL ALL ASK ONE, BUT WE CAN'T ASK TWO.

ALL RIGHT.

AND WE'LL START ON TO MY IMMEDIATE RIGHT, YOUR LEFT WHERE MR. GNAT WORK OUR WAY AROUND FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF QUESTIONS.

THEN WE'LL COME BACK AND GO AROUND AGAIN OPENING.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

UM, I'M JUST TELLING HIM HOW IT'S GONNA WORK.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

IS THE COMMITTEE READY? YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES FOR YOUR OPENING STATEMENT, MR. DAVIS.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND AGAIN, GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE IN ATTENDANCE.

UM, MY NAME IS MYRON DANIELS, AND I AM THE CURRENT CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I HAVE SERVED THIS GREAT CITY FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AND I'M NOW VYING TO CONTINUE MY SERVICE TO THIS COMMUNITY.

AS YOUR CHIEF OF POLICE, I AM A PROVEN TRANSFORMATIVE LEADER THAT, UH, WITHIN THE LAST FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING, UH, AT THE EXECUTIVE LEVEL OF ADMINISTRATION.

DURING THAT TIME, I HAVE HELPED IMPLEMENT 21ST CENTURY POLICING WITHIN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND TO MOVE THE CULTURE TOWARD ACCOUNTABILITY AND INCREASED PROFESSIONALISM.

ONE OF MY PRIORITIES HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO REMAIN BUILDING, UH, AND IMPROVING TRUST WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

WITHIN THE BATON ROUGE AREA.

I RECOGNIZE THAT WE LIVE IN AN EVER-CHANGING SOCIETY.

AND AS LEADERS, I HAVE HAD TO CHANGE A LITTLE BIT MYSELF.

THAT

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HAS REQUIRED ME TO RE-ENVISION ASPECTS OF THIS PROFESSION.

AND THAT INCLUDES RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, THE CULTURE OF THE AGENCY, TRAINING, AND AGAIN, ACCOUNTABILITY.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED WITH QUESTIONS, I DO WANT TO CONFIRM THAT I DID VOLUNTARILY AUTHORIZE, UH, THE MAYOR'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, UH, TO REVIEW MY PERSONNEL FILES, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, INVESTIGATION FILES, AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

I ALSO UNDERSTAND AND HAVE NO ISSUES DISCUSSING ANY OF THOSE MATTERS IN THIS PUBLIC FORUM.

I'VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT AS THE DEPARTMENT LEADER, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE AND WILLING TO ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS.

UH, IT COMES WITH THE POSITION AND WHETHER IRONICALLY OR SYMBOLICALLY, UH, THIS PARTICULAR CHAMBER IS A PLACE WHERE THAT OFTEN OCCURS.

SO, WITH THAT, I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE BEFORE YOU, AND I AM WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE FOR ME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE'LL START MR. BRINEY.

EVENING, MR. DANIELS.

GOOD EVENING.

NOW, THIS IS FROM CATEGORY 11, POSSIBLE QUESTIONS FOR CURRENT BRPD CANDIDATES.

AND SO I SEE IN YOUR RESUME THAT YOU WERE THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMANDER FROM 2018 TO 2020.

AND GIVEN THAT ROLE AND THE, UH, NUMBER OF INCIDENTS THAT SEEMED TO APPEAR DURING THAT TIME, HOW DID YOU OR YOUR DIVISION RESPOND TO THE DIFFICULTIES AND SCANDALS RELATED TO OTHER DIVISIONS IN RECENT YEARS? FOR EXAMPLE, THE STREET CRIMES UNIT, THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, THE CANINE UNIT, UH, DID YOU ADOPT, SUGGEST, OR IMPLEMENT ANY NEW POLICIES AND WHAT'S BEEN THEIR RESULT? OKAY.

UM, GREAT QUESTION.

SO YES, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

UH, IN 20 18TH OF MARCH, I BECAME THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMANDER THROUGH APPOINTMENT BY CHIEF PAUL.

DURING THAT TIME, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEAL WITH QUITE A FEW OF THE INCIDENTS, UH, THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED.

ONE OF THE THINGS I AM HAPPIEST ABOUT DURING THAT TIME WAS WE PUT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES IN PLACE, AND WE WERE ABLE TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMPLAINTS, UM, THAT WE HAD TO INVESTIGATE.

WE ACTUALLY SAW A DECREASE IN THOSE, UH, COMPLAINTS AGAINST OFFICERS.

THE EVEN BETTER PART IS WE PROVIDED A WAY FOR MORE COMPLAINTS TO COME IN.

WE MADE IT EASIER TO FILE A COMPLAINT.

UM, WE CREATED THE ONLINE PROCESS OF BEING ABLE TO FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS RATHER THAN JUST COME IN AND PROVIDE, UH, A STATEMENT TO A SUPERVISOR.

UM, WE ALSO, DURING THAT TIME, UH, ONE OF THE BIG CONTROVERSIES WAS THE USE OF CANINE.

UM, IT WAS ACTUALLY, UH, ONE OF MY TASKS TO, UH, VISIT THAT POLICY.

UM, I COMMUNICATED WITH THE THEN COMMANDER OF THAT DIVISION.

WE REVIEWED POLICY FROM AGENCIES OF, OF, UH, SIMILAR SIZE, AND WE CAME UP WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS.

THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED, UH, THE MANDATORY WEARING OF BODY CAMERAS DURING THOSE INCIDENTS OR ACTIVATION OF THOSE BODY CAMERAS DURING THOSE INCIDENTS.

AND AGAIN, THAT POLICY VERY SIGNIFICANT, DECREASED THE USE OF OUR CANINE DEPLOYMENTS, UH, EXPONENTIALLY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, MY QUESTION WILL BE COMING FROM RECRUITMENT RETENTION AND, UH, PERSONNEL SUPPORT.

THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS, HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS AS OF LATE.

THESE NEWS STORIES HAVE CERTAINLY HAD AN IMPACT ON THE OFFICER'S MORALE WITH INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS, EXTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS AND LAWSUITS PENDING INVOLVING OFFICER MISCONDUCT.

HOW WOULD YOU RAISE MORALE IN THE DEPARTMENT AMONG YOUR OFFICERS? UH, WELL, THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION, MS. VICTORIA.

UM, FORTUNATELY, I'M ALREADY ABLE TO ACTUALLY DO SOME OF THOSE THINGS.

UM, YES, WE HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS RECENTLY.

UH, THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS REGARDING, UH, ACTIONS TAKEN BY A FEW OFFICERS WITHIN OUR DEPARTMENT.

UH, THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THAT IS, UH, THE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO HOLD OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR WRONGDOING.

UH, WITH THAT, YES, IT CAUSED AN ISSUE OR A CONCERN REGARDING, UH, MORALE ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UH, A LOT OF THE, UH, PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN SOME OF THESE ALLEGATIONS WERE VERY RESPECTED OFFICERS WITHIN OUR AGENCY.

UM, AND

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SO WHAT WE DID WAS WE WENT DOWN TO ACTUALLY SPEAK WITH ALL OUR OFFICERS FACE-TO-FACE.

MM-HMM, .

UH, OFTENTIMES THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS THAT ARISE, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO CAN ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS AREN'T OFTEN IN THE ROOM.

AND IF THEY ARE NOT ANSWERED, THEN, UH, THERE'S HOLES IN A STORY.

AND WHAT WE FOUND IS IF THERE ARE, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, SPACES, THEY'RE USUALLY FILLED IN AND THEY'RE FILLED IN WITH NEGATIVITY.

SO WE ACTUALLY GO OUT AND, AND WENT OUT AND SPENT TIME WITH ALL OUR OFFICERS ABLE, GIVING THEM THE, THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH US AND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT THEY MAY HAVE.

AND WITH THAT, JUST SHOWING THAT AGAIN, WE ARE OPEN.

WE DO NOT HIDE ANYTHING THAT WE DO.

AND AS WE ARE TRANSPARENT WITH THE PUBLIC, WE'RE ALSO TRANSPARENT WITH THE OFFICERS THAT WORK WITHIN OUR DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU.

UH, MYRON, HOW YOU DOING TODAY, BROTHER? I'M GREAT, SIR.

HOW ARE YOU, WHAT ARE THE THREE PRIMARY OR THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT ROLES OF A CHIEF OR POLICE, PARTICULARLY IN A JURISDICTION OR A CITY LIKE BATON ROUGE? UM, SO, UH, I WILL START OFF BY SAYING, UM, A CHIEF OF POLICE MUST POSSESS CERTAIN QUALITIES.

UM, AND THAT'S WITHIN ANY, UH, LOCATION OR ASSIGNMENT THAT THEY TAKE ON.

UH, ONE OF THOSE ARE THE FIRST, I WOULD SAY THEY HAVE TO BE A TRUE LEADER.

UH, BESIDES BEING A LEADER, THEY HAVE TO BE A, A COORDINATOR AND A DIRECTOR.

UH, THOSE THREE THINGS, UH, ARE REQUIRED TO ENSURE COMMUNICATION TO ENSURE, UM, THE MANAGEMENT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

BUT IF I HAD TO ADD A FOURTH, I WOULD SAY UNIFY, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO UNIFY AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO, UH, ALLOW YOURSELF AND YOUR OFFICERS TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS AND TO BE ABLE TO PULL IN THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THAT'S WHO WE SERVE.

SO YOU HAVE TO BE A UNIFIER.

AND THAT'S BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY, WITHIN AND WITHOUT, AND OUTSIDE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU, MR. CARLAW.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING, MA'AM.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO, IT KEEPS TURNING OFF.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UM, MY QUESTION COMES FROM CATEGORY SEVEN, EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY.

UM, UH, THE MAYOR HAS COMMITTED TO POLICE REFORM, AND SOMETHING THAT MY GROUP TOGETHER, BATON ROUGE, IS VERY, IM, UH, FINDS VERY IMPORTANT, IS THE CONCEPT OF USING CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT.

UM, SO, UH, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND HOW MIGHT YOU UTILIZE A CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT TYPE AGENCY IF YOU ARE OUR NEXT CHIEF? UH, YES MA'AM.

UM, A CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT, UH, TOPIC THAT'S, UH, BEEN AROUND LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR QUITE A WHILE, BEEN QUITE A BIT OF DISCUSSION ON IT.

UH, I AM, UH, HAPPY TO SAY I WAS ABLE TO RESEARCH IT MYSELF, UH, PARTICULARLY WITH SOME OF MY COUNTERPARTS WITH THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE'VE HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS TO DISCUSS THEIR POLICIES, HOW IT ACTUALLY WORKS AND, AND, AND THE PROS AND CONS OF IT.

UH, WITH THAT, I CAN SAY THAT I, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH OVERSIGHT OF ANY MANNER.

UH, WE'VE SOMEWHAT ENACTED THAT SAME CONCEPT WITHIN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WE HAVE WHAT'S CALLED THE CHIEF ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UM, THAT COMMITTEE IS BROUGHT IN, AND THAT COMMITTEE IS ALLOWED TO HEAR THE ACTIONS, UH, WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH POTENTIAL POLICY CHANGES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

AND TO MAKE COMMENTS, UH, MATTER OF FACT, SEVERAL OF THE COMMENTS AND, AND SUGGESTIONS BROUGHT BY THAT COMMITTEE, UH, ACTUALLY LED TO POLICY CHANGE.

SO, UH, I HAVE NO ISSUES WITH IT.

UH, I GREW UP WITH A, A MOTHER WHO EMPHASIZED THAT IF YOU'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO'S LOOKING AT, YOU'RE WELCOME, PASTOR GIBSON.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING, SIR.

UH, WHAT SKILLS OR ABILITIES YOU HAVE GAINED FROM YOUR CURRENT OR PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS THAT ALLOW YOU TO STAND OUT AMONG THE OTHER CANDIDATES? SECOND PART OF THE QUESTION IS, IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT DO

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YOU BRING TO THE TABLE BECAUSE OF THAT PRIOR EXPERIENCE? GREAT QUESTION.

UH, REVEREND GIBSON, UM, I WILL SAY PROBABLY THE GREATEST THING IS I'VE DONE IT.

I'M DOING IT RIGHT NOW.

UM, I HAVE FOR THE LAST, ACTUALLY FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, AS I STATED, BEING AN ADMINISTRATIVE ROLE, UH, ON THE EXECUTIVE LEVEL.

THE LAST THREE YEARS, I'VE BEEN THE SECOND IN COMMAND WITHIN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UH, THAT MEANS IN THE CHIEF'S ABSENCE, ABSENCE, I AM THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY.

AND I CAN TELL YOU, UH, THE GROWTH THAT I'VE HAD OVER THE, THE FIVE PLUS YEARS, UH, HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS.

I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR BUDGET.

UH, I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF, UH, BEING THE PERSON WHO OVERSAW THE, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EFFICIENCY STUDY THAT WAS DONE.

I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF FINDING THOSE SAVINGS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE WE COULD RECOGNIZE RAISES FOR OUR POLICE OFFICERS.

SO, IN SHORT, SIR, I'M DOING THE JOB.

I'VE DONE THE JOB, AND I, I'M READY TO MOVE FORWARD AND CONTINUING TO DO THE JOB.

THANK YOU, SIR.

REVEREND? UH, YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, MR. DANIELS, THIS IS FROM STANDARDS AND STRATEGIES.

UH, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS BEEN AN INCREASING PROBLEM IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND, UH, AS POLICE CHIEF, WHAT INITIATIVES OR IDEAS WOULD YOU BRING TO, TO DEAL WITH THAT? UH, YES, SIR.

UH, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY, UH, I'M ACTUALLY CONSIDERED A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT IN.

I HAVE TESTIFIED IN, UH, IN CASES WITHIN, UH, PARISHES, UH, SURROUNDING HERE.

UH, I'VE INSTRUCTED ON THAT TOPIC FOR IN, IN EXCESS OF 10 YEARS AS A CONTRACTOR FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.

UM, AND WITH THAT, I HAVE A PASSION TO TRY MY BEST TO ERADICATE IT.

AND WITH ONE OF THE THINGS, UH, THAT WE'RE DOING, UM, RIGHT NOW, UH, WE'VE, WE HAVE ASSIGNED PERSONNEL TO INTENTIONALLY, UH, ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS WITH ONE, WITH THE DA'S OFFICE.

ANOTHER, UH, WE HAVE A VICTIM'S ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR WHO ASSISTS VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BUT ONE OF THE NEWEST INITIATIVES AND WILL BE BEFORE THE COUNCIL FOR INTRODUCTION ON IT.

VERY RECENT, VERY SOON, UH, IT ACTUALLY MAY BE WEDNESDAY, UH, HAS TO DO WITH ELECTRONIC MONITOR TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST EVEN AFTER WE MAKE THE ARREST ON KEEPING THOSE VICTIMS SAFE AND HOLDING THOSE PERPETRATORS ACCOUNTABLE.

UM, THAT ELECTRONIC MONITORING, UH, PRO PROGRAM WILL OPERATE THROUGH THE 19TH JDC.

AND AGAIN, UH, THAT'S ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS COMMITTED THE FUNDING FOR THAT ENTITY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU, MR. COLLINS.

ALRIGHT.

HOW YOU DOING MS. DANIELS? I'M FINE, SIR.

HOW ARE YOU? ALL RIGHT.

UM, SO MY QUESTION COMES FROM THE SECTION OF ROLE OF POLICE.

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS? OKAY, MR. COLLINS, I, UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

AND, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT, UM, IT DEPENDS ON THE MANNER IN WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT IS THERE.

UH, IN GENERAL, I TRULY SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT BEING IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AS RESOURCE OFFICERS.

UH, WE ARE SEEING GREAT SUCCESS FROM THAT.

THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS PILOTED THAT PROGRAM AT MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

UM, WE'RE SEEING, UM, QUITE A BIT OF SUCCESS FROM IT.

UM, THE OFFICERS EMBEDDED IN THOSE SCHOOLS, UH, TO INCLUDE, UH, THEMA HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHERS THAT HAVE OFFICERS WHO, WHO WORK THOSE, THOSE UH, AREAS.

UH, WE'VE SEEN GREAT THINGS STOPPED OR, OR BAD THINGS STOPPED PRIOR TO.

UM, IT ACTUALLY, IT HUMANIZES THOSE OFFICERS, THOSE OFFICERS DEVELOP RELATIONSHIP WITH THOSE KIDS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE STAFF, AND IT ONLY HELP.

UM, AND THE OTHER PART OF IT IS, I THINK, FOR THE COMMUNITY, I THINK THEY FIND IT, UM, JUST A ANOTHER LEVEL

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OF SAFETY FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHILE THEY'RE THERE, KNOWING THAT THERE IS ACTUALLY A POLICE OFFICER ON SITE IF SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN.

MS. MATTHEWS.

ALRIGHT.

HI, MR. DANIELS.

YES, MA'AM.

WITHOUT DISCUSSING ANY DETAILS REGARDING THE BRAVE CAVE AND RELATED ACCUSATIONS, WHAT STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS A CULTURAL, IF THERE IS A CULTURAL ISSUE WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THAT THIS TYPE OF ALLEGED ACTIVITY WOULD NOT OCCUR AGAIN? OKAY.

UM, AND I PREFACE THE FACT THAT, UH, I DO HAVE TO BE VERY MINDFUL OF THE THINGS THAT I SAY REGARDING THAT TOPIC.

ONE, THERE IS A, UH, LAWSUIT FILED RELATIVE TO IT, OR, OR A FEW LAWSUITS FILED RELATIVE TO IT.

THE OTHER PART IS THERE ARE ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS ASSOCIATED WITH SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS FROM THAT FACILITY THAT I WILL HAVE TO HEAR AND MAKE DECISIONS ON.

SO I, BUT I WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTION TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.

UH, I THINK YOU'VE SEEN OUR INTENTIONAL EFFORTS, UH, WITHIN THIS ADMINISTRATION.

I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE FACT THAT WE'VE TAKEN THE STEPS TO INVESTIGATE IT, NOT JUST CRIMINALLY OR NOT JUST ADMINISTRATIVELY, BUT CRIMINALLY AS WELL.

AND WITH THAT, UM, WE ALSO CHOSE TO HAVE AN, AN, A THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF IT AND INVOLVE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.

SO AT THE CONCLUSION OF IT, JUST AS WE DID WITH OUR NARCOTICS UNIT, THERE WILL BE A FULL AUDIT DONE ON PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE NO SYSTEMATIC, UH, ISSUES THAT ARE GOING ON.

AND AGAIN, WE'LL TAKE THE CORRECTIVE STEPS AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

UM, RIGHT NOW, WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN CORRECTIVE STEPS, HAVING REASSIGNED THOSE PERSONNEL AND ALSO ENSURING THAT THAT FACILITY IS NOT YOU.

YES, MA'AM.

MR. DANIEL? YES, SIR.

THIS IS A MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY WITH THRIVING REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT AND THRIVING REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT POPULATION.

PLEASE DETAIL WHAT, IF ANY, EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE EFFECTIVELY PROVIDING PUB PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS IN PLACE FOR PARTNERING WITH THESE COMMUNITIES.

WELL, I CAN TELL YOU, I'M A PEOPLE PERSON.

UH, I THINK I SPEAK TO EVERYBODY I PASS AND I, I SMILE AT EVERYBODY I PASS, UH, THROUGH THOSE EFFORTS BECAUSE I REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE TO, TO BE APPROACHED, YOU HAVE TO BE FRIENDLY.

AND WITH THAT OVER THE YEARS, UH, I DO RESPECT THE FACT THAT WE NEED DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT.

WE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE RECRUITMENT EFFORTS, AND THOSE WERE SOME OF THE EFFORTS THAT WE WERE INTENTIONAL ON PUSHING FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT WE COULD FIND, UH, UH, RECRUITS AND POLICE OFFICERS FROM THE DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHICS.

UM, WITH THAT, WE'VE ALSO CREATED LIAISON POSITIONS WITHIN ALL OF THOSE COMMUNITIES.

UH, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER IT'S, UH, LATIN COMMUNITY, THE L-G-B-T-Q, UH, COMMUNITY, OR, UH, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY, THE BLACK COMMUNITY, YOU NAME IT, WE HAVE A LIAISON WITHIN THOSE ORGANIZATIONS.

I SUPPORT DIVERSITY WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO, UH, BRING EVERYONE WITHIN.

THE REASON I DO THAT IS BECAUSE I THINK DIVERSITY, UH, BRINGS NOT ONLY DIVERSITY OF RACE AND, AND GENDER AND ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS, BUT IT ALSO BRINGS DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT.

AND THAT DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT IS WHAT PROVIDES US WITH MORE KNOWLEDGE, STRENGTHENS US AS PEOPLE, AND HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER AND BETTER, TO BETTER BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE AND INTERACT AND LIVE WITHIN WITH EACH OTHER.

MR. BRINA.

OKAY, MR. DANIELS, SO TAKING IN MIND WHAT YOU'VE SAID ABOUT THE, THE, THE BRAVE CAVE AND ONGOING DISCUSSIONS, UH, IN CATEGORY SEVEN EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY, IT STATES, HOW WILL YOU INSTILL TRUST WITH THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE MOST RECENT ABUSE BY OFFICERS IN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT? PARTICULARLY, UH, CONSIDERING THAT, AT LEAST IN SOME EXPERIENCE, IT APPEARS THAT LIKE THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME OVERLAP PER SE WITH NARCOTICS.

HOW CAN YOU INSTILL TRUST IN THE COMMUNITY, SEEING AS THERE ARE CERTAINLY ALWAYS GOING TO BE DIVISIONS WORKING TOGETHER IN SOME WAY AND CROSSOVER? YEAH.

SO, UM, THE, THE KEY WORD THAT I I HEARD YOU SAY IS TRUST.

UH, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT

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TRUST IS NOT A ONE-TIME INTERACTION.

IT IS A CONSTANT FLUID PROCESS, UH, TO BUILD AND STRENGTHEN THAT TRUST WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES.

I THINK THAT WHAT YOU'VE SAW IS OVER THE MANY YEARS AS WE'VE IMPLEMENTED PROCEDURAL ADDRESS JUSTICE, UH, TRAINING WITHIN OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, THAT THOSE OFFICERS ARE TAKING EVERY CONTACT THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE PUBLIC AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE AND BUILD ON THAT TRUST, UH, TO BREAK DOWN THOSE BARRIERS THAT TO HISTORY AS, UH, ERECTED, UM, FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

UH, SO WITH THAT, I, I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS A MUST.

THEY'VE WATCHED AND WITNESSED THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ITS STAFF, UH, FROM EXECUTIVE LEVEL ON, UH, HOLD THOSE WHO ARE PERPETRATORS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT ACCOUNTABLE.

AND, UH, AS THE CHIEF STOOD HERE, UH, PROBABLY A FEW WEEKS AGO AND MENTIONED ALL OF THE ARREST AND TERMINATIONS AND THINGS ALONG THOSE LINES.

SO I THINK AS, AS LONG AS WE'RE DOING, UH, THE RIGHT THING, THAT WE WON'T HAVE A PROBLEM, UH, FOSTERING THAT TRUST AMONG THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. VICTORIAN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MR. DANIELS, I'M COMING FROM THE CATEGORY OF PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP AS WE EMBARK ON THIS NEW SEASON.

PLEASE SHARE ANY THOUGHTS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE OVERALL DIRECTION AND OUTLOOK FOR THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UM, JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT IDEA OF ABOUT MY LEADERSHIP STYLE, I'M A POSITIVE LEADER.

UH, I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE TO APPROACH EVERYTHING AS POSITIVELY AS WE CAN.

UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I'M GONNA ASK YOU TO REPEAT THE QUESTION.

SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

I WANNA MAKE SURE I GOT THE SECOND PART RIGHT AS WE EMBARK ON THIS NEW SEASON.

PLEASE SHARE ANY THOUGHTS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE OVERALL DIRECTION AND OUTLOOK FOR THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

SO THAT OVERALL DIRECTION AND OUTLOOK, AS I SAID, AS AS BEING A POSITIVE LEADER.

UM, I SEE THE WIND, I SEE HOW WE HAVE BROKEN DOWN THOSE BARRIERS WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, CRIME REDUCTION IS SOMETHING THAT MANY WOULD, WOULD TALK ABOUT THROUGHOUT AND CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT, BUT I CAN TELL YOU I'VE SEEN THOSE EFFORTS.

I'VE SEEN WHAT DIFFERENCE, WHAT A DIFFERENCE, UH, A POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT CARESS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AND HAS A STANDARD AND A DIRECTION TO GO IN HOW THEY WILL MOVE.

I AM VERY CONFIDENT IN THE DIRECTION THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS MOVING IN.

THERE'S A LOT OF REFORM THAT'S TAKING PLACE AND HAS TAKEN PLACE, AND THAT IS NOT EASY.

AND, BUT NEVERTHELESS, WE ARE MOVING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION.

WE'RE SEEING THE, THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR.

AS WE CAN NOTE, JUST BY THE, THE VIOLENT CRIME NUMBERS, WE'RE SEEING A REDUCTION OF 46 PLUS PERCENT OF HOMICIDES.

WE'RE SEEING ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER, ACTUALLY A LITTLE HIGHER OF NON-FATAL SHOOTINGS REDUCED FROM 20 TO 22 TO PRESENT.

OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT CARES.

THEY ARE CONTINUOUSLY OUT THERE WORKING HARD FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO CHANGE ANYTIME SOON.

MR. MCCLENAN, UH, EXCUSE ME.

UH, HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS RECRUITING RE THIS COMES FROM RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, AND PERSONNEL SUPPORT.

HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS RECRUITING RETENTION CONCERNS WITHOUT SACRIFICING QUALITY OF THE OFFICERS YOU HIRE? OKAY.

UM, IRONICALLY, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT, UH, HAS BEEN KIND OF NEAR AND DEAR TO ME.

UH, I SPENT MANY YEARS DOWN AT THE TRAINING ACADEMY AS AN INSTRUCTOR AND WORKED FIRSTHAND WITH RECRUITING FOR MANY YEARS.

UH, ACTUALLY MY PROJECT, UH, IN GRAD GRADUATE SCHOOL, UH, MY RESEARCH PROJECT WAS BASED ON RECRUITMENT.

UM, MAINLY TO GET RID OF THAT CONSENT DECREE AND, AND HOW WE CAN BETTER OURSELVES.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT I BELIEVE THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT THE QUANTITY, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE QUALITY.

IF WE RECRUIT OR LOWER OUR STANDARDS, WHICH I DON'T BELIEVE IN, UM, WE'LL END UP, IN MY OPINION, PAYING FOR IT DEARLY ON THE BACK END.

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SO I'D RATHER HAVE THE QUALITY.

AND WE, WE HAVE A, A RECRUITER NOW WHO'S, UH, HE'S MOVING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.

HIS, UH, HIS, HIS METHODS ARE DIFFERENT.

UH, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO RETHINK AND, AND, AND RE-ENVISION HOW THINGS SHOULD BE DONE.

AND HE'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

AND I, WE ARE GETTING SOME VERY QUALITY, UH, APPLICANTS.

WE'RE SEEING, UM, APPLICANTS COME IN FROM OUT OF STATE NOW, UH, WISHING TO JOIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE RETENTION PORT PORTION OF IT, UH, MATTER OF FACT, TODAY, AN OFFICER WHO ONCE WORKED FOR US WHO MOVED TO HOUSTON, UH, STARTED BACK WITH US, A VERY DECORATED EXEMPLARY OFFICER, AND THIS BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT DREW HIM BACK.

SO, UM, I THINK RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IS DEFINITELY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

MR. CALWELL.

THERE WE GO.

UH, MY, UH, QUESTION IS COMING FROM PERSONAL APPROACH, UM, YOU HAVE A LOT OF STAKEHOLDERS THAT ARE LOOKING AT BRPD, THAT INCLUDES OFFICERS, THAT INCLUDES THE COMMUNITY, IT CAN INCLUDES THE UNIONS, UH, POLITICIANS, UH, WHEN, UH, UH, AND THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AND HAVE FAITH IN THE JUSTIFICATION FOR YOUR DECISIONS.

SO HOW WILL YOU, HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH THAT, UH, IF YOU'RE THE CHIEF, UH, HAVING TO JUGGLE ALL THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE TO KEEP HAPPY OR ANSWER TO HOWEVER YOU WANNA LOOK AT THAT? UH, YES.

UH, AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE HAS TO BE ADDED TO THAT, THAT, THAT NUMBER AS WELL.

UM, YES, I HAVE NO ISSUES, UM, WITH BEING OPEN AND TRANSPARENT.

I THINK THAT IS A HUGE PART OF THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION WHEN WE CAN BE SPOKEN TO