Arnaundville Police Department

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The Chief's Blog

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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The choice to do the job, or not do the job...

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 1:20 AM
3/18/14

A beautiful, clear day.  Perfect for taking a driving test!  My 16-year old son passed with a perfect score.  A milestone in his life, and now to get a part-time job! 

It was a great day for meeting Arnaudville citizens.  I am truly impressed with so many thoughtful people and how astute they seem to be about what they want to see in a Chief of Police.  I have to conclude from the comments, questions, and suggestions that they are yearning for leadership and experience, fairness and consistency.  Of course, I hear stories, rumors, and just plain venting from some frustrated folks.  Police are not superhuman or perfect.  Mistakes will be made, but if there is solid leadership and good principles applied, generally, the public will support its department.  The Chief must be someone who does not collapse under pressure, does not shy away from controversy, and will apply the law with consistency.  An effective leader will pull from each employee their best; will set high standards; and will welcome suggestions and input.  It's about building a team; its about loyalty to the department; it's about respect for the citizenry.

Asked if I am elected, would I clean house - fire everyone?  This is a no brainer for me.  Absolutely NOT.  I have managed hundreds of people, and have never fired one person.  This is not to say, that some have chosen not to do the job, or not to meet the standards.  When that choice is made, we part company.  But, I would go in with no preconceived notions about anyone.  Each employee would have a fair chance to approach their jobs in professional manners and determine whether they would want to be part of a cohesive team.  My forte' is management and leadership.  Team building is job one, and if Arnaudville is ready for my kind of leadership, then I'm ready to role up my sleeves.


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