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[Police Chief Candidate Review Meeting on November 2, 2023.]

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READY.

GOOD COUNCIL.

THEY'RE LIVE.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO THE POLICE CHIEF REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING ON THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2023 AT 4:00 PM I'D LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

LESLIE, DO WE HAVE A QUORUM AT THIS TIME? I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE NOVEMBER 1ST MEETING.

SO, SO MOVED.

SECOND BY MS. VICTORIA, SECONDED BY MS. CALWELL.

ANY OBJECTIONS AT THIS TIME? WE'LL PROCEED WITH THE CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS PURSUANT TO LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTE 42 17.

THIS MATTER MAY BE DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE'RE GONNA BEGIN WITH OUR FIRST CANDIDATE, CLIFF IVY.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. IVER.

I'M LAMONT CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE POLICE CHIEF REVIEW COMMITTEE.

AND THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO CONDUCT THIS INTERVIEW, YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO MAKE AN OPENING STATEMENT.

EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK UP TO TWO QUESTIONS WE CAN ASK TWO, WE MAY NOT ASK TWO, BUT WE CAN ASK UP TO TWO QUESTIONS AND YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION, AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO MAKE CLOSING REMARKS.

SO WHENEVER YOU'RE READY, LET ME KNOW.

BATTER UP .

SO ON YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. UH, MAYOR PRO TEM.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, THANK THIS COMMITTEE FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BEFORE IT UNDOUBTEDLY AS SHOWN BY YOUR SERVICE, EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER REALIZES THE GRAVITY OF THE DECISION OUR MAYOR, PRESIDENT MUST MAKE IN THE COMING DAYS IN THE SELECTION OF A NEW POLICE CHIEF.

MY NAME IS CLIFF IVY.

I'M 50 YEARS OLD AND A LIFELONG SOUTH BATON ROUGE RESIDENT.

I WAS BORN TO AN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND A BATON ROUGE POLICE OFFICER WHO LATER LEFT THE DEPARTMENT WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD.

GRADUATED FROM MCKINLEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN 1990, THEN WENT ON TO LSU WHERE I OBTAINED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND A JURIS DOCTOR AND BACHELOR OF CIVIL LAW FROM LS, U'S LAW SCHOOL.

I VALUE EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY SINCE I'M STILL PAYING FOR IT.

I BEGAN MY LAW ENFORCEMENT JOURNEY AS A POLICE EXPLORER WITH THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 1988, WHICH IS A YOUTH PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE BOY SCOUTS FOR TEEN BOYS AND GIRLS WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WORK.

I LATER GRADUATED FROM THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY AND BECAME A RESERVE OFFICER SERVING AT THE SECOND AND FOURTH DISTRICTS ORAMA AND THE DWI TASK FORCE.

I LATER SERVED AS A PATROL DEPUTY WITH POINTEE IN WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICES.

IN OCTOBER OF 2020, I WAS HIRED BY THE CITY OF CENTRAL TO BE ITS ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF.

IN 2022, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF COMPLETING THE FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP SERIES.

I'VE PRACTICED LAW IN BATON ROUGE IN THE BATON ROUGE AREA SINCE 2002.

AS A SOLO PRACTITIONER, I'VE REPRESENTED INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT MY CAREER.

MY GREATEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT CAME IN 2012 WHEN I ARGUED A CASE BEFORE THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT IN 2009.

MY, MYSELF, AND MY TWO CURRENT PARTNERS OPENED KOON'S BARBECUE AND RELATED SUPPORT COMPANIES.

WHILE OUR CURRENT DIN LOCATION IS IN PORT ALLEN, WE LATER OPENED IT TO GO TAKEOUT SITE IN THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE.

I'M A PRODUCT OF BATON ROUGE.

EVERYTHING I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND EVERYTHING I HAVE I OWE TO THIS COMMUNITY.

WHY AM I HERE? BECAUSE THIS IS MY HOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. HARVEY.

NOW WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE CANDIDATE QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

MR. IVY, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT A POLICE CHIEF SHOULD HAVE? AND CAN YOU GIVE US AN EXAMPLE HOW YOU EXHIBITED THAT TRAIT? UH, WELL, ONE, UH, I THINK A, A TRAIT IS, UH, AN IMPORTANT TRAIT IS ONE, UH, WHO IS NOT, UH, PRONE TO RASH DECISION MAKING.

UH, RARELY, UH, IN THIS PROFESSION, UH, UH, MUST LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKE A SPLIT SECOND DECISION? THERE ARE OCCASIONS WHEN THEY DO, AND THOSE SPLIT SECOND DECISIONS CAN HAVE GREAT CONSEQUENCE.

CLEARLY, THE MOST, UH, OBVIOUS INSTANCE IS WHEN THE DAILY FORCE HAS TO BE USED.

BUT, UM, I'M MORE OF A CONTEMPLATIVE PERSON.

UM, TAKE MY APPROACH TO READING CASES.

GRANTED, THE HOLDING IS HOLDING IS VERY IMPORTANT, THE ACTUAL RULE OF LAW FROM THAT CASE, BUT I NEVER OVERLOOK THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE DECISION, BECAUSE IT CAN BE, CAN, CAN LEAD YOU TO HOW A COURT MAY RULE IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

GOOD

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AFTERNOON OR EVENING, MR. IVY.

UH, SO MY QUESTION IS FROM CATEGORY ONE, PERSONAL APPROACH AND LEADERSHIP.

GIVEN YOUR RESUME WORKING WITH DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, RUNNING A BUSINESS, RUNNING YOUR OWN FIRM, I'M CURIOUS HOW THAT WILL PARLAY INTO BRPD.

SO THE QUESTION IS, THIS POSITION OF CHIEF IS LIKE THAT OF ACEO OF A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR ORGANIZATION, WHICH OVERSEES HUNDREDS OF STAFF AND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS AND MANAGES THOUSANDS OF PHYSICAL RESOURCES.

WHAT IN YOUR BACKGROUND MAKES YOU QUALIFIED TO SERVE AT THIS LEVEL? AND COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SPECIFIC DETAILS? UH, YES, SIR.

UM, FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS I'VE PARTICIPATED IN MY POLICE DEPARTMENT'S BUDGETARY PROCESS.

UH, WE'VE, UH, BEEN ABLE TO PERSUADE THE COUNCIL, UH, TO INCREASE OUR BUDGET EACH OF THOSE THREE YEARS.

AND, UH, PROBABLY SOMETHING THAT IS UNKNOWN IN GOVERNMENT WORK.

WE HAVE ACTUALLY COME IN UNDER BUDGET ALL THREE YEARS.

IT'S LIKE, OH, DEAR GOD, YOU'RE RETURNING MONEY TO THE CITY.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? BUT WE HAVE, UH, SECOND, UM, LEADERSHIP.

UH, WITHIN EIGHT MONTHS OF MY ARRIVAL, THE CHIEF AND I HAD BEGUN A MODERNIZATION PROGRAM.

UH, WE OBTAINED THE FUNDING FOR AND PURCHASED, UH, BODY-WORN CAMERAS, UH, TASERS AND RIFLE RATED BODY ARMOR.

UH, AND WE ALSO DEVELOPED POLICIES, UH, FOR, UH, THEIR USE.

UM, THIS PAST, UH, CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, UH, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, THE CHIEF IN EFFECT TOOK THE TRAINING WHEELS OFF FOR ME AND SET ME OFF ON MY OWN TO NOT ONLY DEVELOP A, UH, REASONABLE EQUIPMENT WISHLIST FOR OUR DEPARTMENT, BUT ALSO, UH, DIRECTED ME TO GO OUT AND FIND THE FUNDING FOR IT.

THANKFULLY, WE DID, UH, WE OBTAINED A GRANT FOR, UH, THAT EQUIPMENT.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, UM, IN 2009, UH, MY PARTNERS AND I OPENED THE DOORS TO KONS.

I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT WE STILL SMOKING TODAY, UM, AND WE HAVE, UH, UH, ANYWHERE BETWEEN 60 TO 70 EMPLOYEES AT ANY GIVEN TIME AND GENERATE GROSS REVENUES UPWARDS OF $4 MILLION A YEAR.

SO I'M VERY, I'M VERY PROUD AND, UH, VERY LUCKY.

AND, UH, AT TIMES VERY NERVOUS WHEN I SIGN PROMISSORY NOTES OR, OR AT LEAST GUARANTEEING THE PROMISSORY NOTES FOR THAT BUSINESS.

UH, JUST PRAY THAT, UH, UH, PEOPLE KEEP EATING MEAT.

.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

HOW ARE YOU NERVOUS, MA'AM? ? MY QUESTION IS COMING FROM EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY DUE TO NATIONAL HIGH PROFILE CASES AND INCIDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT WELL RECEIVED OR SEEN AS TRUSTWORTHY IN MANY LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO CHANGE THAT? UH, I'LL BE VERY CURRENT EVENT TO THE BATON JAIL FOR SPECIFIC.

UM, WHEN AFTER THE BRAVE CAVE REVELATIONS, ACTUALLY IN THIS VERY ROOM, YOU HAD A METRO COUNCILWOMAN, UH, UH, UH, BE BLUNT, A WHITE REPUBLICAN SPEAK ABOUT IF SHE WERE TO, UH, HAVE TO COUNSEL HER GRANDCHILD TO GO, UH, SEEK HELP FROM A BATON ROUGE POLICE OFFICER, SHE'D HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT DOING THAT.

THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT CANARY IN THE COAL MINE.

BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE LOST THAT DEMOGRAPHIC, WHICH HAS HISTORICALLY HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POLICE, WHAT ELSE HAS HAPPENED IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITY AS FAR AS THEIR VIEWS AND THE IMPACT OF THE, WHAT THE BRAVE CAVE HAS DONE? UH, ONE, UH, AND I MAY UN UNFORTUNATELY, I MAY REPEAT THIS A LOT.

THIS IS A BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT MESS.

I UNDERSTAND MR. GREEN WILL SHAKE HIS HEAD A MINUTE, UH, THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT WISE, THEY'RE GONNA INVESTIGATE AND DO WHAT THEY DO REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE DOES.

BUT TO REESTABLISH THE FIRST THING THIS, THIS, UH, GOVERNMENT MUST DO TO REESTABLISH FAITH IN THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS A BATON ROUGE.

POLICE OFFICERS WEARING THAT BADGE NEED TO BE DOING THESE INVESTIGATIONS.

AND WHEN PROBABLE CAUSE IS DEVELOPED, THEY NEED TO BE THE ONES MAKING THEIR ARRESTS AND GIVING HILL OR MOORE PROSECUTE, UH, PROSECUTABLE CASES.

UH, THAT, THAT'S, THAT'S STEP ONE.

CONVERSATIONS HAVE TO TAKE PLACE AFTER THAT.

'CAUSE, 'CAUSE OTHERWISE IT'S, THE WORDS WILL BE MEANINGLESS ON CLIFF.

HOW YOU DOING? YOU'RE GONNA TELL ME AT ONE POINT, MAN, YOU SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT US SOME OF THAT COOL YAS BARBECUE.

WELL, I'LL BE RIGHT NOW.

POTATO, I'M TELLING YOU, , MY STOMACH'S YEARNING FOR IT.

HOW YOU DOING? GOOD TO SEE YOU, BROTHER.

THANK YOU.

MR. LANGAN.

WHAT IS THE PLAN TO ADDRESS THE INCREASED RATE OF ATTRITION AMONGST EARLY RETIREMENT AND MID-CAREER DEPARTURES, LOST EXPERIENCE IN DEPARTURES OF 12 TO 15 YEAR OFFICERS? IT'S A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE AT THE DEPARTMENT HOW YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS THAT.

WELL, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

THERE'S BEEN A SIGNIFICANT BRAIN AND EXPERIENCE DRAIN AT THE BATON ROUGE

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POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, WHICH IS FORCING THE DEPARTMENT TO RELY UPON, UH, TWO AND THREE AND FOUR YEAR OFFICERS TO BE FTOS.

UM, THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

UM, ONE, I THINK YOU NEED TO INSTILL, UH, THE CONCEPT OF PROCEDURAL JUSTICE INSIDE THE DEPARTMENT.

UH, WHAT THAT MEANS IS, UH, MEMBERS NEED TO BE TREATED FAIRLY.

IT NEEDS TO BE COMMUNICATED DIRECTLY TO EMPLOYEES THAT MIS THAT DIFFERENCES OF OPINION, UH, AND RESPECTFUL DISSENT, UH, ARE NOT GOING TO BE MIS MISCONSTRUED AS MISCONDUCT.

I LOOK AT IT, UH, AS IF, IF MY AND MY TEAM, IF EVERYBODY'S THINKING THE SAME THING, SOMEBODY IS NOT THINKING AND GETTING A CONTRARY VIEWPOINT, UH, WILL EITHER, WILL DO ONE OF TWO THINGS, POSSIBLY MAKE ME CHANGE MY MIND, OR MAKE ME FEEL A LOT BETTER ABOUT THE DECISION I'M ABOUT TO MAKE.

UH, SO THAT, UM, I THINK THAT'S EVERYTHING IS, WILL FLOW FROM THAT CONCEPT.

THANK YOU.

YES, SIR.

MR. IVORY, WHAT DOES THE FIRST 100 DAYS LOOK LIKE? RANK THE TOP FIVE PRIORITIES IN YOUR PROCESS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THEM.

WELL, IMMEDIATE, IMMEDIATELY UPON LEAVING MY SWEARING IN CEREMONY, WHERE THE LAST THING I WILL DO IS THANK THIS COMMITTEE AND THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT FOR HER CHOICE, UH, I WILL DEMAND TO BE TAKEN TO EVERY FACILITY THAT THIS DEPARTMENT OPERATES OUT OF.

UH, AND FROM THAT POINT, I WILL NARROW THE PLACES PERSONS IN CUSTODY MAY BE TAKEN, THE CRITERIA FOR WHAT FACILITIES THOSE PEOPLE MAY BE TAKEN.

UH, FIRST, UH, WE WILL REST UPON WHETHER THERE ARE ADEQUATE SURVEY, AUDIO AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CITIZENS THAT ARE BROUGHT THERE.

UH, TWO RE UH, IN THE SHORT RUN REFOCUS THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS, UH, ON THESE THREE THINGS AND THIS PRIORITY, THE PROTE, UH, PRESERVATION OF LIFE, THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS, AND THE PROTECTION OF PROPERTY, UH, THROUGH THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC LAWS FOR THE CITY AND THE STATE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE CONSTITUTION.

THREE, GO THROUGH POLICIES AND PROCEDURE MANUALS ABSOLUTELY AS FAST, BUT AS COMPETENTLY AS POSSIBLE.

UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE START OFF FROM A GOOD FOUNDATION.

THERE ARE THREE POLICIES IN THERE, THEY'RE EXTREMELY QUESTIONABLE.

ONE, THE SEARCH, STRIP SEARCH POLICY, AS I READ IT NOW AS POSTED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE, STRIP SEARCHES OF NON ARRESTEES ARE PERMITTED SOLELY ON THE BASIS ARTICULABLE, REASONABLE SUSPICION THAT IS LEGALLY INDEFENSIBLE AND CONSTITUTIONALLY OFFENSIVE.

SECOND, UM, THERE IS A, UM, POLICY WITH REGARDS TO, UH, DIS THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS WHERE DEPAR, UH, CURRENT POLICY ALLOWS FOR THE IA COMMANDER TO DETERMINE HOW LONG AN EMPLOYEE HAS TO SECURE REPRESENTATION WHEN HE'S IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING THAT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW, AND ITS SETS YOU UP FOR A PROCEDURAL DEFECT THAT WILL RESULT IN NULLITY OF THE PUNISHMENT.

THIRD, UH, CURRENT DEPARTMENT POLICY WITH REGARDS TO, UH, PUBLIC INFORMATION PROHIBITS THE POSING OF PRISONERS FOR PICTURES OR PERSONS IN CUSTODY FOR PICTURES, GO LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE, UH, EXCUSE ME, FACEBOOK PAGE AND SOCIAL MEDIA.

THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THAT, UH, FOURTH DIRECTLY AND IN PERSON.

THAT'S YOUR TIME ON THAT QUESTION, SORRY.

NO PROBLEM.

OKAY.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. DRIVING, MA'AM.

UM, I'M INTERESTED IN, UH, WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT AND HOW YOU WOULD, UH, INCORPORATE THAT IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION.

WELL, THE WAY I LOOK AT IT IS WE DON'T GIVE TAX MONEY.

TAX MONEY IS TAKEN FROM US BY THE GOVERNMENT.

SO I THINK IT'S OBSCENE TO THINK THAT THE, UH, PUBLIC SHOULD NOT HAVE SOME VOICE AND THE OPERATIONS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THAT SAID, I THINK THAT I LOOK AT LAW ENFORCEMENT AS I LOOK AT MY LEGAL CAREER, IT IS A PROFESSION.

OKAY? THERE'S A, I GO TO LAW SCHOOL, I GO TO A POLICE ACADEMY.

I GET A LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW FROM THE SUPREME COURT.

I GET A LICENSE TO ENFORCE THE LAW THROUGH MY COMMISSION FROM THE CITY THAT I WORK FOR.

UM, I USUALLY GO THROUGH SOME TYPE OF MENTORSHIP PROGRAM LIKE DOCTORS DO IN THEIR RESIDENCY.

WE CALL IT THE FTO PROGRAM.

SO I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME LEVEL OF TRAINING OR FAMILIARITY WITH PEOPLE WHO WOULD SIT, UH, ON SUCH BOARDS.

UH, BUT ONE THING THAT HAS LOST HAS BEEN LOST IN THIS, IS THAT WE, WE HAVE A MUNICIPAL FIRE POLICE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD.

THEY HAVE THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE.

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MORE IMPORTANTLY, AS THE TWO ATTORNEYS, AT LEAST THE TWO ATTORNEYS, WHICH I'M AWARE THAT ARE ON THIS BOARD, THEY HAVE SUBPOENA POWER.

THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE INVESTIGATIVE TOOL.

AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE CLASSIFIED SERVICE THAT IGNORE, UH, A SUBPOENA, THE CONSEQUENCE IS TERMINATION.

SO, IN EFFECT, I MEAN, NOBODY THINKS OF LOUISIANA BEING AT THE FOREFRONT OF ANYTHING GOOD, UNFORTUNATELY.

BUT IN THIS RESPECT, THE LEGISLATURE HAS GIVEN US THAT BOARD, THAT AUTHORITY, AND THAT BOARD WOULD'VE BEEN A PERFECT VENUE TO TURN TO WHEN THE FIRST BRAVE CAVE COMPLAINT CAME IN.

AND IT APPEARS IT GOT LOST IN THE, IN THE SHUFFLE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

YOU KNOW, I WAS GONNA, YOU KNOW, I WAS GONNA ASK YOU THIS QUESTION.

OKAY, SIR.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH THE POLICE UNION? I HAVE AT TIMES BEEN A CONTRACT ATTORNEY.

UM, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, FIRST OF ALL, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FEDERAL LABOR LAW AS IT PERTAINS TO UNION ACTIVITIES OR UNION ORGANIZATION.

UH, THE, THE CONTRACT WORK I'VE DONE FOR THEM HAVE, HAS BEEN ON BEHALF OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT.

AND THAT IS LIMITED TO, UH, LOUISIANA CIVIL SERVICE LAW.

UH, THAT IS BEEN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH, UH, UH, THE, THE POLICE UNION.

AND THEN, I MEAN, JUST THE OTHER DAY, I ATTENDED, UH, A, UH, THEY CALLED IT AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW.

UH, I REPRESENTED ONE OF THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE, UH, OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING OVER ON FAIRWAY VIEW OFF COLLEGE BACK IN JULY.

AND THAT INVESTIGATION WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY WITH THAT ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW.

THANK YOU.

YES, SIR.

UH, MR. IVY, WHAT ARE YOUR PROPOSALS? THIS IS FROM THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SECTION.

UH, WHAT ARE YOUR PROPOSALS CONCERNING NETWORKING WITH OTHER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, SUCH AS CHURCHES, NONPROFITS, ADVOCACY GROUPS WHO WORK TO ADDRESS THE CAUSES OF CRIME, SUCH AS POOR EDUCATION, JOB OPPORTUNITIES, ADDICTION? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA? WELL, UH, I CAN TELL YOU WHAT WE DID IN CENTRAL, UM, AND IT KIND OF TOOK A LIFE OF, UH, LIFE OF ITS OWN.

UH, BUT ON SUNDAYS, THAT IS GENERALLY, UH, FOR US, A VERY LOW CALL VOLUME DAY, ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING.

UH, AND OUR OFFICERS, UH, AND WE, WE NEVER PROHIBITED FROM DOING IT, BUT NOW IT IS WIDE, FAIRLY WIDESPREAD.

OUR OFFICERS GO AND ATTEND TO CHURCH SERVICE IF THEY CHOOSE TO.

CAN'T FORCE 'EM TO, I THINK YOU MIGHT IMPLICATE SOME FIRST AMENDMENT CONCERNS IF YOU DID THAT.

BUT THE ONLY THING THAT WE ASK OF THEM IS, UH, TO, UM, BE ACCESSIBLE BY TELEPHONE, UH, AND PARK AND SIT WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT CAUSING A DISRUPTION IF YOU HAVE TO.

UM, ONE OF OUR CHURCHES IS REALLY GOOD TO US.

THEY, UH, ABOUT EVERY OTHER MONTH, UH, THEY SELECT, UH, A POLICE EMPLOYEE, UH, TO HONOR AT A CHURCH SERVICE, AND THEN THEY TAKE THEM OUT TO LUNCH.

UM, IT'S, IT'S REALLY BEEN A GOOD THING.

UH, NOW HERE'S A CURVE BALL.

AND I WAS ACTUALLY TOLD NOT TO MENTION THIS, BUT, UH, THE COMMUNITY THEATER CAME TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ONE DAY.

UH, I'M ACTUALLY LEAVING HERE AND I'M GONNA GO PERFORM ON STAGE TONIGHT.

THEY NEEDED A POLICE OFFICER TO PLAY THE, PLAY A ROLE IN THE STAGE PRODUCTION OF CLUE.

AND THEY THOUGHT THAT SINCE IT WAS THE CENTRAL'S COMMUNITY THEATER, UH, IT WOULD BE A GREAT THING IF YOU COULD, IF THE, THE, THE ACTOR WOULD WEAR A PULL, A CENTRAL POLICE UNIFORM.

SO, I WILL BE LEAVING HERE AND PUTTING ON WHAT I CALL MY GOVERNMENT CLOTHES TO, TO GO ACT.

AND WE, WE PROMOTED, UH, WIDESPREAD ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA, AND IT HAS BEEN A, A HIT, UH, MEETING PEOPLE THAT IT, WHAT IT IS, IT'S MEETING PEOPLE AND COMING INTO CONTACT WITH FOLKS.

OTHERWISE, YOU, YOU NEVER WOULD.

THANK YOU.

NO QUESTIONS.

GOOD EVENING, MR. IVY.

YES, MA'AM.

UM, MY QUESTION IS ABOUT VIOLENCE REDUCTION.

COULD YOU PLEASE DISCUSS WITH US, UM, ANY NEW IDEAS YOU HAVE FOR VIOLENCE REDUCTION IN OUR COMMUNITY? WELL, I THINK TO A LARGE EXTENT, UM, AND IT'S DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE POLICE, UH, HAVE THE MOST CONTACT WITH THE CITIZENS, UH, AS OPPOSED TO JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS.

UH, TOO MUCH OF THE BLAME IS LAID UPON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND I THINK THAT FRUSTRATION WAS BORNE OUT BY CHIEF PAUL A MONTH OR TWO AGO AT A PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE, UH, HE DESCRIBED THE, THE REVOLVING DOOR.

WE CONTINUOUSLY BOOK IN THE SAME PEOPLE TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

UM, AND THEN THEY'RE BACK OUT OF THE, IN THE COMMUNITY SHORTLY

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THEREAFTER WITH VIRTUALLY NO CONSEQUENCE.

AND THE PUBLIC LOOKS TO US LIKE YOU'RE DOING NOTHING.

UM, STATISTICS SHOW THAT IT, IT IS A CORE GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY, AND IN FACT, IN ALL COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF THE VIOLENCE.

AND THOSE THAT WE SHOULD TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND USE THIS MORE AS A SURGICAL APPROACH THAN A, THAN A BROAD BASED BROKEN WINDOW THEORY TYPE APPROACH, UH, THAT ALIENATES SO MANY PEOPLE.

UM, SECOND, UM, WE MUST CONTINUE THE, UH, AGAIN, THE DATA DRIVEN, UH, ASPECT OF COMM OF 21ST CENTURY POLICING RECENTLY.

I ALSO, I THINK THIS WILL ALSO HELP THE PROBLEM.

UH, I HAD THE HONOR OF, UH, INTRODUCING JUDGE DON JOHNSON TO THE BATON ROUGE ROTARY CLUB.

UH, HE WAS OUR SPEAKER, UH, AND HE SPOKE, UH, CONCERNING THE, UH, MODIFICATIONS THAT THE 19TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IS TRYING TO MAKE, UH, ONE, TO SPEED THINGS FROM OR SHORTEN THE TIMEFRAME TO, FROM ARREST TO TRIAL, BUT ALSO TO INCREASE, UH, JUDICIAL MONITORING OF PRETRIAL DETAINEES WHO MAY BE OUT ON BOND.

AND, UH, ALSO, UH, THERE'VE BEEN SOME HIGH PROFILE INCIDENTS WITH THE BOND, UH, WITH THE ANKLE MONITORING COMPANIES.

UH, I KNOW THE LEGISLATURE ADDRESSED, EXCUSE ME, ADDRESSED THAT LAST YEAR OR LAST, UH, SESSION.

UH, IT WAS AN INDUSTRY THAT WAS, UH, REFERRED TO AS THE WILD WEST.

NOW THEY HAVE TO REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE STATE AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMULGATING UH, REGULATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT OF THAT.

SO HOPEFULLY THAT WILL HELP.

BUT, UH, IF SELECTED TO BE THE CHIEF, I WILL NOT HESITATE TO, TO USE THE PASS YOUR TIME ON THAT QUESTION.

YES.

THANK YOU, MR. IVY.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

HI, MR. IVY.

UH, SO THIS IS FROM, THIS QUESTION'S FROM CATEGORY 12, POSSIBLE QUESTIONS FOR NON BRPD CANDIDATES.

SO EARLIER THIS YEAR, OR AT THE END OF 2022, THERE WAS AN ISSUE REGARDING POLICE CHASES BECAUSE, UM, TWO STUDENTS WERE KILLED, MAGGIE DUNN IN CAROLINA GILL, AND THERE WAS THE, THE SAME DAY THAT I BELIEVE TONY CLAYTON RELEASED HIS STATEMENT, BRPD AND CENTRAL ENGAGED IN CHASES.

AND SO, IN RELATION TO THAT, I WAS CURIOUS IF OR HOW YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH CENTRAL PD HAS GIVEN YOU ANY INSIGHT ABOUT STRUCTURES, PROCEDURES, COLLABORATION, THAT CAN INFORM YOUR ROLE AS CHIEF, AND SPECIFICALLY IF POLICIES LIKE POLICE CHASES WERE RETOOL, REVISED, REVISITED, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO BE, UM, THE POLICE ARE NOT IN THE LETTING PEOPLE GO BUSINESS.

THAT'S, THAT'S NOT WHY PEOPLE COME BECOME POLICE OFFICERS.

BUT WE HAVE TO TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH BASED UPON THE NEED, THE IMMEDIATE NEED TO APPREHEND THE OFFENDER THAT'S FLEEING VERSUS THE RISK THAT THE CONTINUED PURSUIT, UH, POSES, UH, TO THE PUBLIC.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN CENTRAL.

WE, IT'S A BALANCING APPROACH.

UM, WE GET A LOT OF FLACK ABOUT NOT CHASING NONVIOLENT MISDEMEANORS, BUT I HAD THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT OF HAVING TO GO MAKE A DEATH NOTIFICATION ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, UH, FOR A TRAFFIC CRASH HOMICIDE THAT THANKFULLY DID NOT INVOLVE THE CENTRAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AS TOUGH AS THAT WAS, I COULD NOT IMAGINE HAVING TO GO MAKE THAT DEATH NOTIFICATION AFTER THE FACT KNOWING THAT ONE OF MY OFFICERS WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT.

SO, UM, UH, I MEAN, CLEARLY, IF, IF IT IS THE MIRROR, IF IT IS THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE OFFENDER OF A, OF A VEHICLE THAT IS POSING THE RISK, WELL THEN BY ALL MEANS YOU CONTINUE TO STAY BEHIND THAT PERSON.

AND, AND THE, THE OBVIOUS INCIDENT IS THE OBVIOUS DRUNK DRIVER, UH, BECAUSE THE CONTINUED OPERATION IS WHAT'S POSING THE RISK, NOT THE CHASE, UH, VIOLENT FELONIES, UM, UH, SHOULD BE PURSUED.

BUT IN THE INSTANCE OF PROPERTY CRIMES SUCH AS THE ONE THAT, THAT YOU MENTIONED, UH, OR REFERENCED, UH, WHERE THE TWO YOUNG LADIES WERE KILLED, IT WAS A PROPERTY CRIME WHERE THE OFFENDER'S IDENTITY WAS KNOWN.

WHY ARE YOU STILL CHASING THAT PERSON? THAT'S WHAT WARRANTS ARE FOR.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, BUT I DO WANNA WISH YOU WELL TONIGHT.

IS THIS YOUR DEBUT? UH, NO MA'AM.

THIS IS ABOUT MID, UH, UH, MIDWAY THROUGH THE, THE, THE PRODUCTION WE'LL BE, UH, AND TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE NOW, , BUT, UM, WE WILL CONCLUDE.

WE WILL WRAP UP ON, UH, WITH A SUNDAY MATINEE.

IT'LL BE THURS TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AND SUNDAY'S THE MATINEE.

THANK YOU.

YES, MA'AM.

UH, UH, CLIFF, WHAT QUALITY DO YOU POSSESS THAT WILL MAKE YOU THE BETTER CANDIDATE? WELL, I THINK THE FACT, UH, I'VE ALWAYS FELT THAT MY LAW PRACTICE, MY LAW

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DEGREES HAVE ALWAYS COMPLIMENTED ME BEING A POLICE OFFICER AND VICE VERSA.

UM, CERTAINLY REPRESENTING CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS, UM, BECAUSE YOU, YOU GOTTA LOOK AT IT IS WHEN YOU CATCH SOMEBODY COMMITTING A CRIME, THAT'S NOT WHO THEY ARE EVERY DAY.

WHEN THEY WALK INTO COURT WITH THE SUIT AND THE TIE, GENERALLY, THAT'S NOT WHO THEY ARE EVERY DAY, EITHER YOU'RE MEETING THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.

UM, SO I, I THINK BEING A DEFENSE LAWYER HAS GIVEN ME A LOT OF INSIGHT, UH, A LOT OF COMPASSION, MORE COMPASSION THAT I HAD BEFOREHAND.

UH, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ACCUSED OF CRIMES, NOT EVERYBODY WHO COMMITS A CRIME IS EVIL.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

MR. DIVER.

DO YOU BELIEVE BRPD SHOULD BE REORGANIZED? WHY AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE? I'M NOT SO CERTAIN THAT THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO BE REORGANIZED.

UH, I THINK WE NEED TO REORGANIZE OUR THINKING IN TERMS OF HOW WE WORK.

UM, WHEN WE PARTNERED, WHEN CENTRAL POLICE PARTNERED WITH BRECK THIS SUMMER, UH, WE DID AN INTERVIEW ON ONE OF THE NEWS STATIONS AND WE TALKED.

THEY TALKED ABOUT WHAT DUTIES WOULD WE, WE WOULD BE PERFORMING AND WHAT, WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WE HAD TO PERFORM THEM.

AND ONE OF THOSE THAT, THAT WE WERE GOING TO RENDER AID TO PEOPLE WHO WERE, UH, IN DISTRESS IN THE FRENCHTOWN CONSERVATION AREA.

AND THAT IS A HUGE PARK, UH, ON THE BORDER WITH LIVINGSTON PARISH.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE STRESSED ALL THE MEDICAL TRAINING, UH, THAT WE HAD.

UH, THE CENTRAL FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS REALLY, REALLY, UH, UH, BENEFICIAL TO US IN THAT RESPECT.

UM, BUT WHAT I SAID WAS WHAT I MEANT THAT I LOOK AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, YES, WE'RE THE LAW ENFORCERS, BUT PRIMARILY WE'RE A LIFESAVING ORGANIZATION.

AND THAT'S THE WAY I THINK THAT WE NEED TO, THE MENTALITY WE NEED TO APPROACH LAW ENFORCEMENT WORK.

UM, MR. IVY, I'D LIKE TO HEAR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, WHAT YOUR STANDARDS WOULD BE OR WHAT YOUR TACTICS WOULD BE FOR HANDLING, UH, OFFICERS THAT BEHAVE BADLY , WHILE ALSO, YOU KNOW, DEALING WITH MORALE ISSUES.

I KNOW THAT BRPD IS DEALING WITH THAT.

SO HOW, HOW DO YOU BALANCE THOSE TWO? ONE, I'M A FIRM FIRST.

I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE LAW FOR THEE IS THE LAW FOR ME.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.

I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MISTAKES AND INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT.

UH, MISTAKES SHOULD BE CORRECTED, MAYBE NOT PUNISHED.

I TAKE A DIFFERENT STACK OR, OR A DIFFERENT TRACK WITH REGARDS TO REPEATED MISTAKES WHEN PEOPLE DON'T LEARN.

BUT INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, UH, IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE TOLERATED.

AND, UH, IT IS A MORALE KILLER, UH, IN THE SENSE THAT, UH, IF YOU DON'T ADDRESS MISCONDUCT, IT TENDS TO SPREAD WHEN IT IS KNOWN THAT IT WILL NOT BE PUNISHED.

I ALSO THINK, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT ONE WAY TO FOSTER AN UNHEALTHY ATMOSPHERE IS TO HAVE EMPLOYEES BE ABLE TO OVERTURN DISCIPLINE THAT IS IMPOSED.

AND GIVEN MY BACKGROUND WITH REGARDS TO CIVIL SERVICE LITIGATION, UH, WHEN AN EMPLOYEE IS, WOULD BE DISCIPLINED BY ME, THEY WILL STAY DISCIPLINED.

UH, NO QUESTION.

UH, MR. IVY, YOU MENTIONED REVIEWING THE POLICE CHASE POLICY.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER, UH, POLICIES OR PROCEDURES THAT YOU KNOW OF THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE? UH, WELL, I, I BRIEFLY TOUCHED ON 'EM EARLIER IN MY, UH, MY FIRST 100 DAY, UH, QUESTION.

BUT, UH, CLEARLY THE STRIP SEARCH POLICY HAS TO CHANGE UNLESS YOU WANNA KEEP GETTING SUED AND KEEP VIOLATING PEOPLE'S RIGHTS.

UH, IT, IT, IT CANNOT STAND, IT WILL NOT WITHSTAND CONSTITUTIONAL SCRUTINY.

UM, I'M NOT SAYING WHETHER POSING PRISONERS FOR PICTURES FOR YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE IS RIGHT OR WRONG, UH, BUT THERE IS A POLICY THAT PROHIBITS IT THAT IS CURRENTLY ON THE BOOKS ACCORDING TO THE BATON POLICE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.

WHAT IS THAT TELLING EMPLOYEES OF THE BATS POLICE DEPARTMENT IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW YOUR OWN POLICY? UM, AND AGAIN, THERE'S ALSO A CONCERN ABOUT THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS.

UH, IT'S A PROCEDURAL RULE THAT ALLOWS THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMANDER, UH, TO DETERMINE THE LENGTH OF TIME AN EMPLOYEE HAS TO OBTAIN COUNSEL WHEN FACING

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A DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING THAT'S CONTRARY TO STATE LAW, IT SETS YOU, IT'S, IT'S A TRAP, UH, TO COMMIT A PROCEDURAL DEFECT THAT WOULD RENDER THE DISCIPLINE.

CAN'T DON'T DO THAT.

PLEASE DON'T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY, BUT, UH, BREAK A LEG.

I DON'T HAVE TO JUMP.

I DO GET CLOCKED IN THE HEAD WITH A CANDLESTICK HOLDER, THOUGH.

I'LL ECHO MY COLLEAGUE HERE.

UH, BREAK A LEG.

NO QUESTIONS.

YES, SIR.

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY NEED? WELL, QUALIFIED IMMUNITY, TO ME, IT, IT IS GOOD FAITH IMMUNITY.

UH, IT IS ONE OF TWO TYPES OF IMMUNITY AFFORDED VARIOUS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, ONE BEING ABSOLUTE, WHICH IS AFFORDED JUDGES, PROSECUTORS, AND LEGISLATURES WHEN THEY'RE PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS.

QUALIFIED IMMUNITY IS ACTUALLY IMMUNITY AFFORDED A MULTITUDE OF EX, GENERALLY EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS, SOME OF WHOM ARE THE POLICE.

UH, IT MERELY PREVENTS, UH, OR, OR THE WAY IT ACTS.

IT'S A CIVIL CONCEPT IN THE CONTEXT OF A CIVIL SUIT THAT REMOVES THE EMPLOYEE, UH, OR THE GOVERNMENT OFFICER, UH, FROM THE LAWSUIT.

IT ALSO SHIELDS HIS ASSETS, UH, FROM HAVING TO SATISFY A JUDGMENT.

SO LONG AS THE ALLEGED VIOLATION OF, OF LAW WASN'T SOMETHING THAT WAS, UH, THE RIGHT WAS NOT CLEARLY ESTABLISHED.

UM, I THINK IT HAS ITS USES, UH, IN TERMS OF, IT'S, IT'S A BALANCING OF POLICY.

THE IDEA OF SATISFYING OR PAYING PEOPLE WHO ARE AGGRIEVED BY GOVERNMENT ACTION VERSUS THE NEED TO HAVE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS EXERCISE THEIR DISCRETION SO LONG AS IN GOOD FAITH.

SO, I, I I THINK IT'S STILL, IT STILL HAS A ROLE.

THANK YOU.

YES, MA'AM.

TWO MINUTES FOR CLOSING STATEMENTS.

FIRST, I WOULD AGAIN LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND RECOGNIZE THE COMMITMENT EACH MEMBER HAS TO THIS, TO THE COMMUNITY.

BY SERVING ON THIS BOARD, IT HAS TRULY BEEN AN HONOR TO MAKE IT THUS FAR.

I CLOSE OUT WITH BOTH AN OBSERVATION OF OUR CITY AND ITS PEOPLE AND SOLEMN DUTY, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OWES ITS CITIZENS.

SOME PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE THE ECONOMIC RESOURCES THAT AFFORD THEM AN ARRAY OF OPTIONS WHEN CERTAIN PROBLEMS ARISE IN THEIR LIVES, ONLY ONE OF WHICH MAY BE DETERRENT TO THE POLICE.

THERE ARE OTHERS IN OUR CITY WHOSE ECONOMIC MEANS DO NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH THOSE OPTIONS, WHICH MAKES THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT THE ONLY CHOICE THEY MAY HAVE.

AND THAT REALIZATION MUST BE MY GUIDING PRINCIPLE AND EACH AND EVERY DECISION I MAKE AS CHIEF OF POLICE, IF SELECTED, I OWE IT TO THOSE CITIZENS TO SHORE TO ENSURE THAT THE POLICE OFFICER THAT RESPONDS TO THEIR HOUSE, THEIR BUSINESS, THEIR TRAFFIC CRASH, OR THEIR CALL FOR HELP, HAS BEEN RECRUITED, WELL VETTED, AND GIVEN THE BEST TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT I CAN PROVIDE.

THANK Y'ALL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. I NEXT FEW WILL HEAR FROM CONRAD JOAQUIN.

NO, HE'S NOT.

HE DROPPED OUT.

OH, YES, SIR.

UH, MR. UH, CONRAD JOAQUIN EMAILED EARLIER TODAY, UH, VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWING HIMSELF FROM THE PROCESS.

ALRIGHT, NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM DAVID WALLACE.

MR. COLE, AS MAY I HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A POINT OF PER PERSONAL PRIVILEGE, YOU MAY PLEASE.

I WOULD LOVE TO THANK THE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INCORPORATED ON BEING HERE THIS EVENING.

MY WIFE DELTA, THANK BE CLAPPING 'CAUSE SHE WATCHING HER HOME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I LOVE THE FACT THAT, UM, THIS INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION, WHICH I'M BLESSED TO BE A PART OF, WE LOVE TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS, NOT JUST THE OUTCOME.

SO THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME OUTTA YOUR ALREADY BUSY SCHEDULES TO BE HERE WITH US TODAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, LADIES.

UM, Y'ALL SIGNS ARE SWITCHED.

IS THAT ON PURPOSE? PROBABLY .

NOW YOU KNOW, MIKE.

AND YOU'RE KATHY.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. WALLACE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, SIR.

HOW YOU DOING? I AM WELL.

MY NAME IS LAMONT COLE.

I AM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE POLICE CHIEF REVIEW COMMITTEE.

YES, SIR.

THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO CONDUCT THIS INTERVIEW, YOU'RE GOING TO BE GIVEN THREE MINUTES TO MAKE AN OPENING STATEMENT.

YES, SIR.

AND THEN EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK TWO QUESTIONS.

WE MAY ONLY ASK ONE OR NONE, BUT WE CAN ASK UP TO TWO QUESTIONS.

UH, YOU'LL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO ANSWER

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EACH QUESTION, AND THEN YOU'LL BE GIVEN TWO MINUTES TO MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.

I DO SEE YOU HAVE SOME FOLDERS THERE.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PASS THEM OUT FIRST OR AT THE END, PLEASE? MAY I? YOU MAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I'M SURE THIS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED TO YOU ALREADY, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I JUST, ALL RIGHT.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

YOU CAN BEGIN WITH YOUR OPENING STATEMENT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS DAVID WALLACE.

TURN MIKE ON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE, AT THE BASE, AT THE VERY BOTTOM.

RIGHT HERE.

NO, NO, RIGHT THERE.

YEAH.

YEAH.

SO WHAT ABOUT IT? IS IT, IS IT SPEAKING TO, IS IT GREEN AT THE BOTTOM? IT IS GREEN.

THERE YOU GO.

IT'S GOOD.

OKAY.

I NEED TO GET A LITTLE CLOSER.

CAN I, CAN I RESTART MY TIME OR I GOTTA HURRY? YEAH, NO, YOU GOT IT.

YES, SIR.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

GOOD EVENING, AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

MY NAME IS DAVID WALLACE.

I'M A 31 YEAR VETERAN WITH THE BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I KNEW AT A VERY EARLY AGE WHEN MY CAREER PATH WAS GONNA BE, AND I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT.

THE FIRST CHANCE I HAD IN 1992, I WAS HIRED AS A POLICE CADET.

THAT'S THE LOWEST POSITION IN OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND TODAY I'M A CAPTAIN AND DISTRICT COMMANDER OVER FIRST DISTRICT.

IN 1994, I ATTENDED THE, UH, POLICE ACADEMY, AND IT WAS THERE THAT I RECOGNIZED THE VALUE IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

SINCE ATTENDING THE ACADEMY, I'VE COMPLETED OVER 60 SPECIALIZED COURSES ACQUIRING OVER 4,000 ADDITIONAL SELF-INITIATED TRAINING HOURS.

I'VE ATTENDED THE FBI INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE.

I'M AN INSTRUCTOR IN RADAR, LIDAR, DEFENSIVE TACTICS, AND SOLO MOTORCYCLES.

I SERVED ON OUR SWAT TEAM FOR WELL OVER A DECADE, NOT ONLY AS ENTRY PERSONNEL, BUT ALSO AS A SNIPER.

I, UM, I'M A CERTIFIED ANALYST THROUGH FOUR SCIENCE INSTITUTE, AND IN 2012, I ATTENDED THE PRESTIGIOUS FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY IN QUANTICO, VIRGINIA.

SINCE ATTENDING THE ACADEMY, I REMAINED ACTIVE IN THE ASSOCIATION, SERVING ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AS WELL AS I'VE SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT FOR THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF THE FBI AND NATIONAL ACADEMY ASSOCIATES.

A PORTION OF MY CAREER I SERVED WITHIN THE TRAFFIC BUREAU.

I SERVED IN MANY POSITIONS, TWO OF WHICH WERE THE ASSISTANT TRAFFIC COMMANDER AND ALSO THE SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR.

THOSE POSITIONS AFFORDED ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS ON ANY AND ALL EVENTS IN OR AROUND THE BATON ROUGE AREA.

MY JOB WAS TO ORGANIZE A FACILITATE EVENTS SUCH AS PRESIDENTIAL VISITS, UH, D-I-V-I-P AND DIGNITARY VISITS.

I WAS THE OPERATIONS COMMANDER FOR LSU FOOTBALL FOR THE LOUISIANA MARATHON, FOR THE ICE STORM, FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY, CIVIL UNREST, THE OFFICER FUNERALS, AS WELL AS THE HISTORIC 2016 FLOODS.

IN ADDITION TO THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES, I WAS ALSO THE LEAD MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTOR.

MY JOB WAS TO ENSURE THAT OUR OFFICERS WERE WELL TRAINED.

DURING THAT TIME, I DEVELOPED TRAINING CURRICULUMS, WHICH HAVE SINCE BEEN PUBLISHED AND RECOGNIZED AROUND THE NATION AS THE GOLD STANDARD IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.

I'VE TRAINED OFFICERS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS, UH, COUNTRIES FROM BRAZIL, ECUADOR, MEXICO.

I'VE EVEN TRAINED THE PRINCE OF JORDAN.

I DEVELOPED TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR THE JORDANIAN ARMY, AND I'M RECOGNIZED AS A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT.

I LOVE GIVING BACK TO MY COMMUNITY.

IN 2014, I HELPED CREATE OUR CHURCH SECURITY TEAM, WHICH I STILL CURRENTLY SERVE.

IN ADDITION, I SERVED ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF MULTIPLE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, TO WHICH ONE IN PARTICULAR I CREATED IN 1998.

I SERVED MANY YEARS AS THE PRESIDENT.

AND TO DATE, WE'VE RAISED WELL OVER $1 MILLION FOR THE CHILDREN OF ST.

JUDE.

THAT'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME.

I KNOW IT'S AWFUL RUSH BECAUSE OF THE TIME RESTRAINT.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I WELCOME YOUR QUESTION.

THANK YOU.

AND I GOT LOUDER AS WE WENT.

.

GOOD EVENING COMMANDER.

YES, SIR.

I, I, I'M SURE YOU'RE VERY WELL FAMILIAR WITH THE 21ST POLICING PILLARS.

YES, SIR.

COULD YOU DISCUSS WHICH TWO, OTHER THAN COMMUNITY POLICING, BECAUSE WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THOSE, WHAT ARE THE, THOSE TWO PILLARS OTHER THAN COMMUNITY POLICING IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU? THE NUMBER ONE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME IS OFFICER EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

I CAN GO INTO YOUR COMMUNITY, I CAN MAKE THESE BIG F STRATEGIC PLANS ON HOW I'M GONNA IMPLEMENT.

I CAN MAKE ALL THE PROMISES.

IF I DON'T HAVE THE OFFICERS ON THE GROUND IMPLEMENTING MY PLAN, IT'S USELESS.

THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE PILLAR TO ME IS, UM, IS EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

I THINK WITH PROPER EDUCATION AND TRAINING, IT'S GONNA TAKE CARE OF THE SECOND PILLAR, WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PILLAR IN COMMUNITY POLICING.

I THINK, UH, BUILDING TRUST AND LEGITIMACY WILL BE DONE THROUGH OUR ACTIONS.

SO THOSE ARE TWO PILLARS THAT I FEEL THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

IF YOU TRUST ME OR IF YOU TRUST WHAT OUR OFFICERS ARE DOING, UH,

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LIFE IS GONNA BE A LOT EASIER.

AND IT STARTS AT THE GROUND LEVEL.

IT STARTS WITH OUR OFFICERS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

GOOD.

MR. WALLACE.

HEY, SIR.

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

GIVEN YOUR EXTENSIVE RESUME AND LENGTH OF TIME AT BRPD, WHAT SKILLS OR ABILITIES HAVE YOU GAINED FROM YOUR CURRENT OR PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS THAT ALLOW YOU TO STAND OUT AMONG THE OTHER CANDIDATES? WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF WE CAN OPERATE? THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CERTAINLY LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT.

I'VE, UH, I'VE BEEN A LEADER MY WHOLE CAREER.

FORTUNATELY FOR ME, I WAS IN THE TRAFFIC BUREAU FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, EVEN AS A JUNIOR SERGEANT, I'M OUT LEADING, I ASSUMED COMMAND OF LSU FOOTBALL AT A VERY YOUNG AGE OR EARLY IN MY CAREER.

UH, AND I'VE CARRIED IT THROUGHOUT.

CERTAINLY THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY HELPED ME, BUT THE, THOSE EVENTS HAVE HELPED ME SUCCEED.

MANAGING EQUIPMENT AND, AND MY SUPERVISORS IDENTIFYING VALUE IN ME AT EARLY AGE OR AT EARLY IN MY CAREER.

SO, UH, THOSE ARE THE ASPECTS I FEEL THAT WOULD, UH, HELP ME.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, MR. WALLACE.

HOW YOU DOING IT? MY QUESTION IS COMING FROM EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO EITHER START COMPLETE AND OR RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC THE MULTITUDE OF INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE IN THE PIPELINE? THANK YOU.

YEAH, CERTAINLY.

UH, THE, THE WAY WE MEASURE OURSELF IS, IS VERY IMPORTANT.

COULD YOU REPEAT THAT QUESTION ONE MORE TIME? I WANNA MAKE SURE I HEARD IT 'CAUSE I'M NOT SURE I ANSWERED MR. DRAKE'S QUESTION, UH, THE WAY IT WAS ASKED.

ABSOLUTELY.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO EITHER START COMPLETE AND OR RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC? LET ME START OVER.

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO EITHER START COMPLETE AND OR RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC THE MULTITUDE OF INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE IN THE PIPELINE? YES.

SO WE'VE CERTAINLY HAD A LOT OF NEGATIVE PRECEDENT RECENTLY, AND I THINK THE BIGGEST QUESTION THAT THE PUBLIC HAS ON US AND OUR AGENCY IS THE UNKNOWNS.

THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OR ALLEGED, AND WHEN WE HOLD 'EM IN AND DON'T ANSWER 'EM, WE LOSE THAT TRUST AND LEGITIMACY.

I WOULD BE FORTHCOMING.

I WOULD, I WOULD RELEASE THE INFORMATION WHEN WE DO GOOD.

I'M APP PRAISE THE OFFICERS, AND WE DO BAD.

WE'RE GONNA GET IN FRONT OF IT AND WE'RE GONNA TAKE OWNERSHIP, BUT WE CERTAINLY GONNA CORRECT THOSE ACTIONS AND MOVE FORWARD.

YES, MA'AM.

THANK YOU.

UH, CAPTAIN WALLACE? YES, SIR.

UH, YOU, YOU'VE BEEN AROUND A WHILE, LOOKS LIKE, MAN.

YES, SIR.

UH, CONGRATULATIONS.

UH, SO, SO THE, UH, BRPD FOR YEARS OPERATED UNDER A CONSENT DECREE.

YES, SIR.

BECAUSE OF RETENTION, HIRING, DISCIPLINE, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH, THAT CONSENT DECREE WAS SETTLED A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

THAT'S CORRECT.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO ENSURE THAT IT DOES NOT GO BACK UP UNDER THE CONSENT DECREE? YES, I'M FAMILIAR WITH THAT CONSENT DECREE.

ACTUALLY.

WE HAD A OFFICER WHO RETIRED WHO WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN REMOVING US FROM THAT CONSENT DECREE.

IT WAS RANDY CHAR.

AND WHAT I WOULD DO TO CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE THAT SAME PROCESS AGAIN, IS ENSURING THAT OUR DEPARTMENT IS MADE UP OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR CITY.

WE DO KNOW IT'S PREDOMINANTLY, I THINK IT'S OVER 50% BLACK AND WE GOT THE HISPANICS AND THE WHITE OR THE HISPANICS AND ASIAN COMMUNITY.

WHAT I WOULD DO IS GO INTO OUR SCHOOLS, AND I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO RECRUIT AT A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.

I THINK WE NEED TO GO INTO OUR SCHOOLS AND RECRUIT IN JUNIOR HIGH.

I THINK WE NEED TO GET 'EM BEFORE THEY GET LED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, BEFORE THEY HAVE A, A BLUR.

I WANT TO MENTOR TO THEM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH.

SO WHEN THEY GET TO HIGH SCHOOL, WE CAN ALREADY GO AHEAD AND HAVE THEM INTO OUR, OUR EXPLORE PROGRAMS, OUR CADET PROGRAMS, WHERE I ACTUALLY TOOK, SO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF.

SO WHAT I WOULD DO IS ENSURE THAT WE'RE TARGETING THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE UP OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THAT'S THE AREAS IN WHICH WE'RE POLICING.

WE NEED TO, THIS DEPARTMENT HISTORICALLY, HAS POLICED IN A MANNER THAT WE FELT THAT THE PUBLIC WANTED.

AND THAT'S OUR PITFALL BECAUSE THEY'RE OUR CUSTOMERS.

WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THEY WANT, WHAT SERVICES THEY WANT PROVIDED, AND THAT'S THE SERVICES WE NEED.

AND CERTAINLY, HIRING THOSE FROM WITHIN ARE GONNA GIVE US THE INTELLIGENCE THAT WE NEED TO IN ORDER TO PRODUCE A GOOD PRODUCT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

WHAT DOES YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS LOOK LIKE? RANK THE TOP FIVE PRIORITIES IN YOUR PROCESS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THEM? OH, YES, SIR.

MY FIRST A HUNDRED DAYS, UH, WILL NOT BE THAT BUSY FOR ME.

UM, WHEN I WAS IN MY EARLY THIRTIES, I BUILT A HOUSE.

BEFORE I BUILT THAT HOUSE, I IDENTIFIED THE CONTRACTORS, THE SUBCONTRACTORS.

I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO ACCOMPLISH.

I HAD NOTHING.

I KNEW NOTHING OF BUILDING A HOUSE.

BUT BEFORE I LAID THE FIRST BOARD, I BUILT THAT HOUSE A HUNDRED TIMES BEFORE I PUT MY NAME IN THE HAT.

I REACHED OUT TO INDIVIDUALS THAT I KNOW HAVE VALUE.

I KNOW THAT THEY CAN BRING AND CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF OUR DEPARTMENT.

AND I'VE REACHED OUT

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TO 'EM AND SAID, IN THE EVENT, I'M AFFORDED THIS OPPORTUNITY, WILL YOU DO THIS FOR ME? WOULD YOU DO THIS FOR OUR DEPARTMENT? WILL YOU DO THIS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY? AND I HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO ACT NOW IN THE EVENT I'M NAMED, BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S TIME SENSITIVE.

WE KNOW IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO WAIT.

MY WORK IS DONE.

I'VE DONE THE WORK.

AND, UH, WE HAVE A, WE HAVE A VERY TALENTED DEPARTMENT.

WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN TALENTED.

WE HAVE A VERY MOTIVATED GROUP OF PEOPLE, AND WE DO RECOGNIZE THE CRIES OF THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE OFFICERS.

SO WE'RE READY TO, TO MOVE THIS DEPARTMENT IN A BETTER DIRECTION.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OH, IF I MAY, UH, I GOTTA GIVE YOU MY, MY TOP FIVE AND I'LL RUSH THROUGH IT.

I KNOW MY TIMES ARE LIMITED.

THE FIRST THING I'M GONNA DO IS, UH, DEDICATE ANY AND ALL RESOURCES TO VIOLENT CRIME.

THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT'S PLAGUING OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THE INFORMATION I'M GIVING YOU, I SUBMITTED IN THAT PACKET BEFORE ANY CANDIDATE, UH, WAS BEFORE YOU.

I WOULD, UH, DEDICATE ALL MY RESOURCES TO VIOLENT CRIME.

IT'S NOT ONLY A PROBLEM LOCALLY, BUT AROUND THE NATION.

AND WE NEED TO COMBAT THAT.

IT'S SPILLING OUT NOT ONLY IN OUR CITIES, BUT IN OUR PARISH AND OUR OTHER PARISHES.

THE SECOND THING I WOULD DO IS CONTINUE BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN, UH, OUR COMMUNITY.

NOT ONLY AT AN EXECUTIVE LEVEL.

I DON'T WANT TO GO IN THERE AND TELL THE COMMUNITY WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.

I WANT MY GROUND TROOPS.

I WANT THE OFFICERS, THE SERGEANTS FROM THE GROUND TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONES WHO'S PART OF THE PROCESS.

THEY'RE THE ONES WHO'S GONNA IMPLEMENT AND HAVE THE PROCESS.

THEY'RE GONNA BE THE LINK THAT CONNECTS EVERYTHING, AND THEY'RE GONNA HAVE OWNERSHIP IN THE PROCESS BECAUSE THEY'RE INVOLVED IN RETURN.

THE THIRD THING IS IMPORTANT TO ME IS BUILDING MORALE.

YOU KNOW, WITHOUT THE TROOPS, WE'RE USELESS.

AND THAT SECOND PROCESS IS GONNA BUILD THAT THIRD PROCESS.

WE'RE GONNA RE-IDENTIFY.

WE'RE GONNA REBRAND AND GIVE OUR OFFICERS A PURPOSE.

THAT'S GONNA BE OUR THIRD, FOURTH.

I WANT TO IMPLEMENT A COMMUNITY AUDIT DIVISION.

I WANT TO COMMIT, CREATE A DIVISION, WHICH IS HIGHLIGHTED IN THAT PACKET.

IT CONSISTS OF INDIVIDUALS FROM SOUTHERN AND LSU, WHO ARE, ARE, UH, GRADS AND UNDERGRADS FROM SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY.

YES, SIR.

UH, I WANT THEM TO GO OUT AND RECONTACT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CONTACTED US IN RETURN, TAKE THAT INFORMATION, MAKE US BETTER.

AND FIFTH AND FINAL, I WANT TO, UH, IMPLEMENT A WARNING PROGRAM TO MOVE US FROM A STAT DRIVEN DEPARTMENT TO A DEPARTMENT OF COMPASSION WHERE WE CAN MEASURE POSITIVE CONTACTS.

THANK YOU.

MS. COLE? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

SORRY.

I WAS LOOKING AT MY NOTES AND I GOT LOST FOR A SECOND.

THAT'S OKAY.

, UH, I AM WITH A GROUP CALLED TOGETHER BATON ROUGE.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPLEMENTED IS CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT.

YES, MA'AM.

SO I'M INTERESTED TO KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT AND HOW YOU WOULD IN, UH, IN INCORPORATE THAT IN YOUR ADMINISTRATION.

WELL, I WOULD WELCOME IT.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE IT.

SO WHEN I BECAME DISTRICT COMMANDER OF FIRST DISTRICT, WHICH IS PLAN ROAD, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO GET LINKED UP WITH, UH, BATON ROUGE, B-R-C-S-T AS A COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE.

AND IT'S COMPOSED OF INDIVIDUALS, LOCAL AND NATIONAL WHO DISCUSS VIOLENT CRIME ISSUES AND ARE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

AND BY ATTENDING THOSE FOR OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, UH, MS. ALEXANDER WAS THE HEAD OF IT.

IT ENLIGHTENED ME AND BROUGHT ME DOWN TO A LEVEL TO WHERE I CAN COMMUNICATE AND SEE THE NEEDS AND SEE THE DIFFERENT ASPECT.

AND THAT REALLY CHANGED MY MINDSET AS A COMMANDER, ALSO AS A POTENTIAL CHIEF, IS THE VALUE THAT WE HAVE WHEN WE GET DOWN AND TALK TO 'EM AT THE END OF THE DAY WITH THE SAME PERSON, WITH THE SAME GOALS.

SO I WOULD REC, UH, WELCOME ANY INSIGHT COMMITTEE BECAUSE I FEEL THE MORE KNOWLEDGE I HAVE ON THE SUBJECT MATTER, THE BETTER WE CAN MAKE A DECISION.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE POSITION OF CHIEF OF POLICE IS, UH, ACTING AS A, SERVING AS ACEO OF A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR ORGANIZATION, WHICH OVERSEES HUNDREDS OF STAFF AND MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ADVANTAGE, THOUSANDS OF PHYSICAL RESOURCES.

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

YES, SIR.

CERTAINLY, I'VE NEVER MANAGED A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR BUDGET, BUT IN MY CAREER, I'VE MANAGED ENTIRE DIVISIONS WITH, AND I'VE HIGHLIGHTED IT IN THE PACKET I PROVIDED YOU WITH PURCHASING THE NEW AND OLD EQUIPMENT.

I'VE MANAGED RENOVATIONS IN DEPARTMENTS OR DISTRICTS.

I'M ACTUALLY RENOVATING OUR FIRST DISTRICT RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY.

I'VE MANAGED GRANTS, I'VE DONE PAYROLLS FOR LARGE EVENTS.

WE HAD THE INCIDENTS IN 2016.

I WAS THE COMMANDER.

UM, I HAD OVER 700 PEOPLE AT OUR DISPOSAL MANAGING THOSE.

I'VE, I'VE SERVED ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF MULTIPLE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

AS I HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER, RAISING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR A MILLION DOLLARS FOR ST.

JUDE TO MANAGING MONEY.

MY WHOLE CAREER HAS LED ME UP, NOT TO THAT MAGNITUDE, BUT SERVING IN ALL THOSE FACETS.

IN ADDITION, I'M VERY PRE, UH, PRIVILEGED THAT I HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WORK IN OUR ACCOUNTING DIVISION THAT I CAN LEAN ON.

AND, AND ONE THING

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I'M, I PRIDE MYSELF ON IS I DON'T KNOW THAT MUCH, BUT I DO KNOW SOMEBODY THAT DOES KNOW A LOT.

SO I CAN ALWAYS LEAN ON THEM OR GET THEM FOR GUIDANCE.

I'M VERY CLOSE WITH THE SHERIFF OF, IN THE NEIGHBORING PARISHES, SHERIFF S TRO, HIS COMMAND STAFF.

IN ADDITION, I HAVE A, A PLETHORA OF RESOURCES THAT I CAN USE TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE SUCCESS THROUGH THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY.

I HAVE A DIARY OR A, A MEMBERSHIP THAT COVERS THE WORLD, YOU KNOW, KNOW WHETHER IT'S DUBAI, WHOEVER'S DOING IT RIGHT, IS WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO.

THANK, YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

UH, MR. WALLACE, THIS IS A TWO PART QUESTION.

ONE IS A FOLLOW UP TO, UH, THE, THE FIVE PRIORITIES YOU HAD, ONE OF WHICH WAS BUILDING TRUST.

YES, SIR.

AND, UM, AND THE MORALE OF YOUR OFFICERS.

SO I'D LIKE YOU TO ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ON THAT, ON HOW YOU WOULD, UH, BOOST THE MORALE OF, OF THE RANK AND FILE.

AND THE SECOND PART IS RELATED TO THAT, AND IT'S ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUR OFFICERS.

YES, SIR.

AND, UH, HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THOSE TWO THINGS, PLEASE? WELL, BUILDING MORALE, FIRST THING IS I'M, I'M, I'M GONNA BE A MAN OF INTEGRITY.

AND, UM, WHEN I TELL YOU SOMETHING, I MEAN IT.

IF I TELL YOU, YOU CAN WRITE IT DOWN BECAUSE IT'S GONNA HAPPEN.

IT'S KINDA LIKE AN OLD COWBOY.

UM, I THINK WHEN YOU DO THAT AND YOU LIVE BY YOUR WORDS, YOU KNOW, ANYBODY CAN SAY A BUNCH OF STUFF.

IT'S THE PERSON WHO ACTS IT OUT.

YOUR ACTIONS ARE LOUDER.

THAT'S GONNA BUILD TRUST, THAT'S GONNA BOOST MORALE.

IN ADDITION, WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GONNA BUILD THEIR CHARACTER AND WE'RE GONNA IDENTIFY THEM AS PROFESSIONALS IN OUR FIELD AND GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE PROFESSIONALS.

SO GIVING THEM AN IDENTITY.

I THINK OUR OFFICERS HAVE LOST THEIR IDENTITY.

I THINK THEY'VE LOST THEIR PURPOSE.

THE, THE, THE HEADLINE ON MY, MY PAMPHLET IS POLICING WITH A PURPOSE.

OUR GUYS ARE AND GALS ARE, UH, THEY'RE LOST.

THEY'RE LOST.

AND IT IS EVIDENT, OH, MENTAL HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE SEE THE WORST OF THE WORST.

WE COME ENCOUNTER WITH INDIVIDUALS EVERY DAY DURING THAT ONE TIME IN THEIR LIFE.

THAT IS, EVERYTHING'S TRAUMATIC.

WE COME IN THERE, WE WEAR SO MANY HATS, AND IT, IT PLAYS ON OFFICERS.

SO I DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE A PEER SUPPORT TEAM THAT IS EXTREMELY ACTIVE.

IT'S, IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE, BUT IT'S REALLY IN ITS INFANCY STAGES, BUT ALSO ON A NATIONAL LEVEL.

I KNOW MISS SUSAN'S OVER THE PEER SUPPORT AND THEN THE, THE RESOURCES WE HAVE.

AND BEING THAT WE DO HAVE A NATIONAL OUTLET, I DO KNOW SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE MORE PRONE TO REACH OUT TO HER BECAUSE YOU, YOU'RE NOT SPREADING YOUR BUSINESS TO SOMEONE LOCAL AND YOU'RE WILLING TO, TO SPEAK.

SO THERE'S TWO THINGS THAT I'M VERY, I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT, BECAUSE AS I STATED EARLIER, WITHOUT THE MEN AND THE WOMEN IN THE BATON ROU POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR VISION, WE'RE GONNA FAIL.

WE GOT TO HAVE 'EM.

THANK YOU.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

YES, SIR.

AL AS IVID THOROUGHLY ENJOYED YOUR RESPONSES HERE TONIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU, MR. COLLINS.

YEAH.

AND THIS, MY QUESTION COMES FROM THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SECTION.

UH, IT SAYS, HOW DO YOU PROPOSE TO IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THE BLACK COMMUNITY, TO IMPROVE TRUST AND OPEN COMMUNICATION? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA? WELL, AS I ALLUDED TO EARLIER, UM, ONE THING THAT I LEARNED AS BEING A TRAFFIC OFFICER, AND I WAS A TRAFFIC OFFICER FOR A LONG TIME, IS ENGAGEMENT.

BEING AT MANY, MANY EVENTS, INTERACTING.

WE JUST NEED TO TALK.

WE NEED TO ENGAGE, WE NEED TO OPEN UP DIALOGUE.

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HAVE RESPECT.

WE NEED TO HAVE TRUST, TRANSPARENCY.

WE, EVERYBODY NEEDS TO, TO HAVE A VOICE.

IF YOU HAVE THOSE THINGS, WE'RE GONNA BE FINE.

AND AS I ALLUDED TO EARLIER, ONE OF MY LETTERS OF REFERENCE IS FROM THE, THE LADY WHO WAS WITH, UH, THE B-R-C-S-T.

I DO THAT NOW.

I HAVE A MEETING NEXT THURSDAY.

IT'S THE SECOND THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH THAT I ATTEND, WHICH IS ON A DISTRICT LEVEL.

AND, UH, UNFORTUNATELY FOR ME, UM, I'M CONTAINING TWO FIRST DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, THE RESOURCES I HAVE AND THE AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY ARE PRO PROPRIETARY TO MY DISTRICT.

BUT I WOULD OPEN UP THOSE, THOSE DIALOGUES.

AND WHAT I'VE SEEN IS WE'VE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS BECAUSE WE GET IN COMMUNICATION, WE'RE TAKING THAT COMMUNICATION, AND THAT'S HOW WE'RE DELEGATING OUR OFFICERS AND RESOURCES.

BUT, UM, ONE THING THAT WE'VE SEEN IS, IS THE FEEDBACK WE GOT AND THE INTELLIGENCE THAT WE'RE GETTING IS HELPING US BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE WE KNOW THE COMMUNITY WANTS THE SAME THING.

WE WANT.

WE WANNA BE LIKE THE MAYTAG REPAIRMAN.

WE WANNA BE THERE WITHOUT A JOB.

THANK YOU.

SO YOU REFERENCED, UM, THE BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY STREET TEAM AND THE PUBLIC SAFETY ROUND TABLES.

YES, MA'AM.

AND YOU SHOUTED OUT JOSIE ALEXANDER, WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY MENTEE, AND, UM, OH, SHE'S GREAT.

VERY PROUD OF HER.

SHE'S GREAT.

SO GLAD GLAD THAT YOU WORK WITH HER.

RIGHT.

UM, I DO WANT ALONG THOSE, THAT SAME VEIN, I'M INTERESTED TO HEAR ANY NEW IDEAS YOU HAVE AROUND VIOLENCE REDUCTION IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR ASKING.

SO I'M VERY PROUD OF THIS, THIS ASPECT.

WHEN I TOOK OVER THE, UH, FIRST DISTRICT, WHICH IS A PORTION OF 7 0 8 0 2, AND 7 0 8 0 5, WE KNOW THE ZIP CODE'S, RIGHT.

HISTORICALLY, THEY'RE VIOLENT.

THEY HAVE VIOLENT PLACES WITHIN THEM.

SO EARLIER THIS YEAR, I IMPLEMENTED A PROGRAM WITH THE BLESSING OF MY DEPUTY CHIEF, AND I LABELED IT VIOLENT CRIME MITIGATION.

AND MY OBJECTIVE WAS, IS TO IDENTIFY MY GREATEST STRESSOR AND WHAT AM I GONNA DO TO ALLEVIATE IT.

AND IT'S ONLY ON A DISTRICT LEVEL.

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SO WHAT I'VE DONE IS I'VE TAKEN THE DATA THAT WE HAVE, THE INTELLIGENCE THAT WE HAVE, AND I RESEARCHED IT, AND I DO IT EVERY WEEK.

I DO IT EVERY THURSDAY.

I'M GONNA DO IT TONIGHT.

I RESEARCH IT, AND I GATHER THE INTELLIGENCE OF WHERE OUR CRIME HAS HAVE OCCURRED, WHAT TIMES OF DAYS HAVE THEY OCCURRED, WHEN HAVE THEY OCCURRED, WHEN THEY'RE MOST LIKELY GONNA REOCCUR.

AND I'VE, EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT, I SEND EMAILS TO MY COMMANDERS, MY LIEUTENANT SHIP LIEUTENANTS, AND WE SEND OUR OFFICERS TO THOSE AREAS DURING THOSE TIMES TO BE VIGILANT, TO BE ACTIVE, TO BE SEEN, TO DETER, AND TO TAKE ANYTHING IN ACCOUNT THAT THEY, THEY COME ACROSS.

WE HAVE SEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME IN THE AREAS THAT WE'VE DONE THIS SINCE THE LATE LATE JUNE.

WE'VE HAD ONE MURDER IN 7 0 8, 0 2, 0 7, 0 8 0 2, AND ONE IN 7 0 8 0 5.

RIGHT.

UM, IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN ASTRONOMICAL.

AND THIS IS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN WE HISTORICALLY HAVE A LOT OF ACTIVITY.

SO I'VE REACHED OUT TO OUR, UH, VIOLENT CRIMES COMMANDER AND EVEN COMMANDERS BEFORE BECAUSE THEY, YOU KNOW, I THINK EVERYONE HAS KNOWLEDGE.

I SAY, WHAT, WHAT IS THE, WHAT IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR? AND THEY BOTH HAVE STATED, THERE'S NO DOUBT YOUR PROGRAM IS EFFECTIVE.

WHEN WE IDENTIFIED THE EFFECTIVENESS, I'VE ALSO MENTORED TO SOME OF THE OTHER DISTRICT COMMANDERS WHO'VE, WHO ARE DOING QUITE THE SAME THING.

UH, THE NEW COMMANDER, FIFTH DISTRICT, UH, CAPTAIN BLAKE IS DOING IT IN FIFTH DISTRICT AND IT'S MINE IS TARGETED AROUND VIOLENT CRIME.

AND I TOLD HIM, ONCE WE GET IT SUPPRESSED, WE'RE NOT MOVING ON TO SOMETHING ELSE.

WE'RE GONNA STAY IN THAT AREA AND TO DO THE SAME THING BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT IT TO REKINDLE.

WE DON'T WANT IT TO REUNITE.

WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER MURDER.

WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER BODY.

I DON'T WANNA SEE ANOTHER MOTHER ON TV.

I'M DONE WITH THOSE.

I KNOW I CAN'T PREVENT 'EM ALL.

I KNOW I CAN'T DISSOLVE 'EM ALL, BUT IF WE CAN REDUCE 'EM AND DO THE BEST WE CAN, I'M GOOD WITH IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU COMMANDER.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

JUST ONE MORE QUESTION FOR YOU.

YES, SIR.

UH, THIS IS FROM CATEGORY TWO, ROLE OF POLICE.

WHAT ARE THE THREE PRIMARY OR THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT ROLES OF A CHIEF OF POLICE IN A CITY LIKE BATON ROUGE? AND WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THOSE THREE? INTEGRITY.

HIS WORD IS HIS MIND.

I ALLUDED TO IT EARLIER BECAUSE I COME FROM A RODEO BACKGROUND AND, UM, INTEGRITY.

NOW THE SECOND THING IS I THINK HE NEEDS TO BE AN ACTIVE LISTENER.

YOU GOTTA HEAR THE VOICE OF YOUR COMMUNITY.

YOU GOTTA HEAR THE VOICE OF YOUR, YOUR, THOSE THAT WORK FOR YOU.

YOU NEED TO BE AN ACTIVE LISTENER.

AND THEN I