First on NBC33: Chief Mondrick on crime in Baton Rouge

POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 8:09am

UPDATED: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 11:50am

In a story you'll see first on NBC33 News - Interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick talks about his time in the Chief's chair, crime in the city, and what's next for him.

He says when it comes to fighting crime, even attempting to control it isn't easy.

"It's a tough job, but that is our job - first and foremost.", he says.

Mondrick was called in to take the place of Retiring Chief Jeff LeDuff while the search for a permanent Chief continued.   Mondrick's first day as Chief was in November 2010.

He came to the table with 32 years of experience at BRPD.   He also brought a list of ideas, including improving communication within the department.

"Everybody's talking now", he says.

He's using that communication to work weekly crime meetings to target new spots in the city, and refocus efforts.

Mondrick says he doesn't want to be the next permanent Chief.  But he said finding the right one is vital - because the safety of the Capital City is at stake.

"The Chief is the conductor and engineer to your crime fighting train.", says Mondrick.

He points out two problem areas that lead to crime; young children with no family or connections, and other associating themselves with bad role models.

Mondrick will stay on board until the new Chief is selected by Mayor President Kip Holden.  The Civil Service Commission is grading tests taken by the applicants.  When that's completed, the Mayor will get the list of candiates.

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