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The Tide Will Turn

November 17, 2021


As we enter the holiday season – the season of “giving”, I reflect on the last year as your Chief. It has been a challenging year, both professionally and personally, but because I am a man of faith, I have to believe that my Maker is ultimately in control.


As a Police Chief managing a small rural department, my biggest challenge has been recruiting and retaining quality personnel. Arnaudville suffers the same fate and the same struggles as almost every other law enforcement agency in the country. We must recognize those elements that are impacting our efforts, and fight against some of the negative attitudes and perceptions we get from some of our citizens, from municipal officials, and from within our own ranks. We must acknowledge that there exists leadership that does not have the best interest of our citizens in mind; leadership that often turns its back on the brave and committed men and women who carry the badge and wear the uniform. There are invisible forces behind the scenes who would change the fundamental direction and values we have fought for for generations.


My over two decades serving in law enforcement has obviously been met with moments of challenge – Hurricane Katrina, big city crime, facing the tragedy and sorrow of fallen officers, meeting families of victims, and more – all to be anticipated as a police officer. What I never anticipated was a national movement that vilifies, disregards, dismisses and destroys the lives and livelihoods of decent, honest and hard-working law enforcement officers. A top-to-bottom movement that ultimately results in more crime, more disorder, and more chaos in communities and trauma to innocent citizens. As in every such movement, we always see a course correction, and I am optimistic that we will see the tide turn.


As I reflect on a personal level, I count the many family and friends who have been touched by a global pandemic that left us nowhere to hide and no immunity from devastating loss. My own brother succumbed to Covid-19, as did many of his fellow nursing home residents. Otherwise healthy family members, young and old did not escape the clutches of Covid. Attempting to understand the rationale for restrictions, mandates, and closures left more confusion, division and distrust. Covid took lives, but also took much more from us – our compassion, tolerance, empathy and trust. We are left as cynical, suspicious and mistrustful citizens choosing sides, and isolating and ostracizing those who dare to contradict or question.

But, as we move through all of this, we are left with our faith. Faith that tells us that while we are all on borrowed time, the best is still ahead of us. Life is constantly renewing, evolving and transforming into something better. We only need to wait, because the course will be corrected. The pendulum will swing the other way.


For those who can never see beyond their own selfishness or greed, or who fail to believe life is about giving and not taking, I have pity for them. The misery and hurt they inflict on others will come back to rest on their own souls. For the majority of us, the holiday season - the season of “giving” is but a time when our challenges, our pain and our struggles are overshadowed by the good we can do for others.


Happy Holidays, Arnaudville!

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Arnaudville not exempt from domestic violence...

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM
3/16/14


On a recent walk, I was engaged in a discussion about domestic violence.  This citizen was unhappy with the local response.  Without all of the information, I could only make general statements on how, and in what way police should respond.  Domestic violence in Louisiana is a huge problem, and I can only assume it even occurs in Arnaudville.  I do know that there are resources available to victims, and would encourage any woman who is a victim, or feels trapped in a relationship that is abusive, to call 2-1-1 or 232-HELP for information on local programs.

Currently, there are several bills regarding Domestic Violence that have been introduced to the state legislature by Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P Morrell.  (Click here to read a summary of them).  It is incumbent upon every law enforcement agency to keep track of these bills, and be prepared to uphold any laws or amendments that come out of this legislative session.   Here are a few:

  • Exemplary Damages:  This bill authorizes the award of damages in lawsuits claiming injury caused by a family or household member regardless of whether the defendant was prosecuted for such acts.  In other words, victims of domestic violence can sue the husband or boyfriend for damages.
  • Immediate Divorce:  In Louisiana, it is required to wait 180 days before a divorce is granted. This bill will allow an immediate divorce upon a finding by a court that the other spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking a divorce.
  • Protective Order:  Currently, clerks of court are required to transmit protective orders to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry no later than close of business the day following issuance by a judge.  This bill expedites the transmittal to the state registry directly and electronically by judges on the same day it is ordered.  This bill further requires that law enforcement officers immediately arrest a person in violation of a protective order, and presumes that a person in violation of the protective order is the aggressor to avoid arrest of the person protected.
  • Firearm Possession:  Louisiana consistently leads the nation in domestic violence homicides with 74% committed with a firearm.  This bill corrects a loop-hole in the federal law that Louisiana has used.  Finally, this bill permits officers to confiscate firearms at a domestic violence scene if the abuser is subject to a protective order or if there is a threat of imminent danger. 

Other bills and amendments are included in this package, and some have to do with firearms, and restriction of firearm ownership for those under protective orders.  I suggest that you go to the website for more information.

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