News Flash Home
The original item was published from 7/12/2023 9:31:06 AM to 7/12/2023 9:33:34 AM.

News Flash

Mayor's Press Releases

Posted on: July 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Broome Announces Departure of Police Chief Murphy Paul, Applauds His Monumental Leadership

aqmkt5wx4n0m48x.pngBaton Rouge, LA - July 12, 2023 - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announces the departure of Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Murphy Paul later this year after an extraordinary five and half years of exemplary service. Chief Paul, known for his transformative leadership, has made significant contributions to the community during his tenure and has decided to move on from his position.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome expressed her gratitude for Chief Paul's exceptional service, stating, "Chief Murphy Paul's leadership and dedication have brought about positive change within our police department. His vision and tireless efforts have laid a strong foundation for the future. We thank him for his remarkable service and wish him continued success in his future endeavors."

Under Chief Paul's guidance, the Baton Rouge Police Department experienced a monumental transformation. Notable achievements include the establishment of the Real Time Crime Center, which incorporates a network of hundreds of crime cameras and license plate readers throughout Baton Rouge. Additionally, Chief Paul spearheaded crime camera initiatives in collaboration with local businesses and residents, bolstering community safety. His dedication to modernizing law enforcement standards brought 21st-century practices to the police department, including the implementation of new hiring policies.

Chief Murphy Paul acknowledged the support he received during his tenure, saying, "It has been an honor to serve as the Police Chief of Baton Rouge. I am grateful for the opportunity to have made a difference and to have worked alongside such dedicated officers. I have full confidence in the future leadership of the department and will continue to support the seamless transition process." 

Chief Paul played a crucial role in the department's successful exit from a federal consent decree, addressing racial and gender bias in hiring. He championed the cause of police officers, leading to a significant pay raise of 13%, effectively making the Baton Rouge Police Department competitive with its regional peers. During challenging times such as the aftermath of the Alton Sterling shooting, police ambush killings, and subsequent reforms, Chief Paul demonstrated exceptional leadership, guiding the department with integrity.

Chief Paul's tenure also coincided with the tragic events surrounding George Floyd, and he played a pivotal role in unifying the Baton Rouge community during those times. His unwavering commitment to fostering collaboration and understanding among residents has been invaluable. 

Under Chief Paul's leadership, Baton Rouge experienced significant achievements in crime reduction, particularly during challenging periods such as the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2016 and the COVID-19 pandemic. While other communities struggled with ever-increasing crime rates, Baton Rouge witnessed a 21% decrease in homicides and a 14% reduction in non-fatal shootings in 2022.

These results can be attributed to the diligent efforts of the Baton Rouge Police Department, which implemented data-driven strategies, proactive policing measures, and crucial community outreach initiatives under Chief Paul's guidance. By prioritizing the identification and accountability of individuals engaging in criminal activities, the department made substantial progress in creating a safer environment for the community.

Chief Paul's commitment to public safety extended beyond crime reduction. His emphasis on community outreach fostered stronger bonds between law enforcement and the residents of Baton Rouge, enhancing trust, cooperation, and shared responsibility in maintaining a secure and harmonious city. 

Chief Paul's dedication to fostering collaboration among various law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and local stakeholders played a pivotal role in achieving these positive outcomes. By facilitating effective partnerships, Chief Paul promoted a united front and ensured that Baton Rouge remained a resilient and vibrant city for its residents.

Mayor Broome's Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. James Llorens, stated, "Chief Paul's departure marks the end of an era in our police department, but it also presents an opportunity for new leadership to build upon his accomplishments. We are committed to a thorough and diligent process in selecting the best candidate for the position of Police Chief."

Chief Paul has an extensive law enforcement career, having contributed to various boards and commissions. These include 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. Currently, Chief Paul holds a position on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Furthermore, Chief Paul is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.  

Mayor Broome's administration is initiating the appropriate steps, including the administration of the Louisiana police chief exams, to identify candidates for the position. Successful candidates will proceed to interviews with Mayor Broome and her team, with the aim of finalizing the selection process and transitioning to a new Police Chief by November 2023. Dr. James Llorens, the Mayor's Chief Advisor, will oversee a rigorous process to ensure the best possible candidate is chosen.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Mayor's Press Releases

City-Parish Office Closure

Posted on: January 12, 2024

MyBR App is here!

Posted on: December 5, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: November 1, 2023

Comite River Cleaning Project Completed

Posted on: October 4, 2023

Community Connection

Posted on: September 22, 2023

Same Day Hiring Event!

Posted on: September 20, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: August 29, 2023

Community Safety Planning Lab

Posted on: July 17, 2023

Upcoming Summer of Hope Events

Posted on: July 8, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: June 29, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: June 26, 2023

Baton Rouge Juneteenth Holiday

Posted on: June 16, 2023

Comite River Cleaning Underway

Posted on: April 11, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: March 27, 2023

HOME ARP Draft Action Plan Forums

Posted on: March 16, 2023

Open Data Day 2023 Virtual Event

Posted on: February 28, 2023

Update on Today's Rain Event

Posted on: January 29, 2023

Redstick Rising

Posted on: January 10, 2023

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: September 27, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: September 16, 2022

Blight Month and Blight Bootcamp

Posted on: August 30, 2022

Amite and Comite Projects Announced

Posted on: August 18, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: July 11, 2022

Baton Rouge Juneteenth Holiday

Posted on: June 13, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: June 8, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: May 23, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: May 18, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: May 5, 2022

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on: May 2, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: April 13, 2022

City-Parish Offices to Close at Noon

Posted on: March 22, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: March 16, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: March 15, 2022

Statement by Mayor Broome

Posted on: February 25, 2022

Wintry Mix Possible This Week

Posted on: January 19, 2022

Mayor Broome Appoints New Fire Chief

Posted on: December 23, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: November 22, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: November 15, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: September 24, 2021

Mayor Broome Extends Curfew

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Mayor Extends Curfew

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Ice Distribution Site at Noon

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Mayor Broome Extends Curfew

Posted on: September 2, 2021

Mayor Broome Extends Curfew

Posted on: August 30, 2021

Mayor Broome Implements Curfew

Posted on: August 29, 2021

Pre-Landfall Shelter Opened

Posted on: August 29, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: July 19, 2021

City-Parish Monitoring Invest 92L

Posted on: June 17, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: June 11, 2021

Hurricane Season 2021 Begins

Posted on: June 1, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: May 17, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: April 26, 2021

Winter Storm Debris Removal Underway

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Emergency Shelters and City-Parish Offices

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Curfew Issued for East Baton Rouge Parish

Posted on: February 15, 2021

HURRICANE ZETA AND GARBAGE SERVICES

Posted on: October 27, 2020

Mayor Broome Announces Citizen Data Academy

Posted on: September 22, 2020

Geaux Get Healthy Launches Year Three

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Mayor Broome Declares Parish-Wide Emergency

Posted on: September 13, 2020

Stormwater Master Plan Virtual Open House

Posted on: September 2, 2020

City-Parish Buildings Remain Closed

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Mayor Broome to Extend Mask Order

Posted on: July 28, 2020

Tropical Weather Trending

Posted on: July 23, 2020

Real Time Crime Center Gets Major Donation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Baton Rouge Healthy Food Retail Initiative

Posted on: November 20, 2019

2019 Capital Region Veterans Parade

Posted on: November 11, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: October 22, 2019

Baton Rouge Veteran’s Parade 2019

Posted on: October 7, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: October 7, 2019

Mayor Broome Kicks Off MOVEBR Program

Posted on: September 24, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: August 19, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry Updates

Posted on: July 14, 2019

Invest 92L Preparations

Posted on: July 9, 2019

Gulf Tropical Disturbance Update

Posted on: July 8, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: May 30, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: April 24, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: March 27, 2019

MOHSEP Monitoring Rising Mississippi River

Posted on: February 28, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Posted on: February 4, 2019

Mayor Broome Announces SKYWARN Training

Posted on: December 4, 2018

Essay Contest for Local Middle Schoolers

Posted on: September 11, 2018

Mayor Broome Creates Blight Strike Team

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Metro Council Approves 2018 Budget

Posted on: December 12, 2017