POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 5:31pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The search is on to find the new police chief for Baton Rouge. The 17 potential candidates took tests today.
John Hilliard just wants his family to feel safe, and right now, he does not feel safe at all.
"I don't think it's safe to sit on the porch at night," Hilliard said. "I don't because I mean they pile up here by the store then they go to fighting and having gun plays and everything."
For his wife Beverly Bastiansen, she just wants to feel protected.
"I'd like to see more patrolling everywhere," Bastiansen said. "The elderly people can't do it for themselves."
The couple said they are seeing crime in their neighborhood almost every day.
"Somebody pulled out a gun on somebody else," Bastiansen said. "The wanted to jump on somebody over there at the store, but the boy got away."
Hilliad hopes that the new police chief will focus on keeping older people safe, since they cannot protect themselves.
"We get a new chief of Police, that's what I would like to see him do to make the neighborhood better, to get more police that will really be strict and do their job," Hilliard said.
After the applicants complete their exams, they will have to go in front of an interview board. After that, Mayor Kip Holden will pick the new cheif from the top three.