Mayor and new chief both hopeful about direction of police department
POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:26am
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — It was an emotional day for now BRPD police chief Carl Dabadie. He is now the official 27th police chief of the department. After being sworn in he made a promise to waste no time in fixing some of the scars left after the controversy of the last leader.
"We have a very good police department, that went through a really rough time, and we are coming back up, we are becoming joined, our morale is up, people are working together," explained Dabadie.
Mayor Kip Holden said he was impressed with Dabadie's time as interim chief, claiming his openness about the department was what set him apart from former police chief Dewayne White.
"This man (Dabadie) communicates. I had to find things out, and some of those things I found out were not pleasant. We were about to implode as a department when it comes to morale," explained Holden.
Bringing up, and keeping up the morale of the department was the key word of the day. Chief Dabadie said fixing that problem is his first order of business.
"One of my first duties will be to continue the change in morale within the department. We have made strides in bringing the morale up, not only in the ranks of our department, but in our civilian work force. It is imperative that our employees produce professional results through high morale."
Mayor Holden said having a chief that officers know and trust will help build that morale, and start to heal some of the rifts in the department.
"Carl's service to the people of baton rouge has been a fitting tribute to his father, and I know he will continue to serve our community with honor," said Holden.
Dabadie has been with the department for more than 25 years and is the son of Carl Dabadie Senior, a BRPD officer who died in the line of duty.
"By knowing them, and they know me, there's no guessing. they know what they're getting right up front," added Dabadie.
Mayor Holden also revealed that he had Chief Carl Dabadie sign a letter which acknowledges that he is an at will employee as it’s specified under the parish plan of government. Mayor Holden said former Chief Dewayne White never signed any such letter, and used that as an avenue to attempt to get his job back once he was terminated.