Just two weeks into his new job as Baton Rouge Police Chief, Dwayne White says he is tackling crime in the city head on. White will hold every officer in his force accountable and wants better service for the community. He is teaming up with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office to keep repeat offenders behind bars and beef up patrols.
Chief White says residents in Baton Rouge will see a difference before the year is out, with less crime and more cops. White says it is a change that starts with the community.
"I think we have a disconnect now between the community and the Baton Rouge Police Department.” says Chief White. “It is my job to make sure that we reconnect with the community we serve."
Chief White says faith guides his life and he looks to past leaders for inspiration in service. Hanging on the wall behind his desk are pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Billy Graham and President Ronald Regan. He says these men are the kind of leaders he hopes to be.
To watch my interview with Chief White at BRPD Headquarters, click on the video link.