Chief of Police

Murphy J. Paul, Jr.

Chief Murphy J. Paul, Jr. retired from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) as a Deputy Superintendent with more than 26 years in law enforcement. During his career at LSP, Chief Paul held several management and leadership positions that included the oversight of Gaming Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, and the LSP Fusion Center. Chief Paul retired from LSP to fulfill his new appointment as the Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Chief Paul began his career with the Baton Rouge Police Department on January 1, 2018. The Baton Rouge Police Department’s workforce comprises 883 positions of which 698 are sworn, police officers. We provide service to a population of approximately 230,000 residents within a 79 square-mile area.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Chief Paul has served on several boards and commissions, such as the Louisiana Governor’s Drug Policy Board, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA), the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy (RCTA), and the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Board. Additionally, he represented LSP on the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) Executive Board. Chief Paul is a P.O.S.T./FBI certified instructor and a graduate of the FBI National Academy #223. Chief Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards throughout his career.

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