Search for new Baton Rouge chief of police begins

Search for new Baton Rouge chief of police begins
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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After the Baton Rouge Police Department chief announced his resignation Wednesday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome aims to have the position filled in by November.

Finding a new chief of police is a very lengthy process and ends at Broome’s desk. Broome said she has already reached out to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board for the test that applicants have to take, but that’s only the beginning.

Applicants must be notified in advance to give them time to prepare. They will then get an approval test date and confirmation of their scores from the board. After receiving those confirmed scores, Broome said she will select the next chief.

Baton Rouge Police Union Spokesperson Bill Profita said the next head of police should be someone who supports the men and women in uniform.

“We would like to see a chief that wants the best trained, the best equipped, best paid, and best-staffed police department to serve the many needs of this community,” he said.

Chief Murphy Paul has led the department since 2017. He said he stepped down to be with his family. He will remain on the job until late October.

When asked if this transition could lead to a spike in crime, Broome said she and Paul are making sure there is a smooth transition for the police department and for the city.

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