POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:59am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:59pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Wednesday Mayor Kip Holden announced his pick for the new leader of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Mayor Holden appointed Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr. as the newest police chief . Dabadie has been acting as chief since former chief Dewayne White  was fired amid a storm of controversy back in February.
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Mayor Holden's Office released the following statement:
Dabadie rose through the ranks during his 28 years with the Baton Rouge Police Department and has served as provisional chief since Feb. 7. His father was a BRPD motorcycle officer who died in the line of duty.
Dabadie’s experience includes 10 years in supervisory and command positions, as well as 16 years as a motorcycle officer in the traffic division.
In addition, Dabadie served as a member of the Baton Rouge Police Special Response Team (SWAT) from 1993 to 1996, and again from 2009 until the present. As a member of the Alpha Entry Team, he was trained in dynamic building entries, hostage extraction, barricaded suspects, distraction devices and special weapons.
Dabadie has also served as a uniform patrol officer and later as a uniform patrol assistant commander, where he supervised the criminal patrol team.
His experience also includes stints as an instructor and the director of the BRPD Training Academy. He also served as chief of staff for approximately 18 months under the last police chief.
Dabadie said one of his main goals as chief will be to unite members of the Baton Rouge City Police Department through accountability and collaborative problem-solving. He also plans to place special emphasis on building leaders and supervisors within the department.
“My vision is through communication and dialogue to have members of our department work closely with each member of our community and our community leaders in an initiative designed to bring our city back together,” Dabadie said.
As provisional chief and the former chief of staff, Dabadie has served on the budget committee that prepared BRPD’s budget for the past two years. This year’s police budget totaled $84 million.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and was honored as BRPD’s Supervisor of the Year in 2007.
Dabadie has taken an active role in the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships since 1998, and served as the organization’s president from 2008-2012. The championships benefit the Dream Day Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He has also taken active role with other charities, including Special Olympics Louisiana and the American Heart Association. In addition, he served as State Director for the Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Movement for Special Olympics for two years, and an Area Coordinator for 5 years.
“I am very pleased to announce that Provisional Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. will serve as our next Police Chief,” said Mayor Holden. “This process has been conducted in a fair, objective and thorough manner which resulted in him emerging as the best choice to lead our Baton Rouge Police Department.”
“Ultimately, the decision came down to the question of who can most effectively address the challenges Baton Rouge is facing as a growing city, and I think that Carl Dabadie Jr. has done an exemplary job serving as provisional chief, ” Mayor Holden said. “The son of a BRPD motorcycle officer who was killed in the line of duty, his commitment to the department and to this city cannot be questioned.”
Mayor Holden applauded Dabadie’s track record, noting that he has excelled at every step of his career and is widely respected within the local law-enforcement community.