Esdron Brown, Port Allen’s new Chief of Police beginning in January 2013 said Friday that he envisions the Port Allen Police Department vaulting up to being the number one department in the state of Louisiana.
“My vision is for us to be the number 1 police department in the state of Louisiana,” he boldly stated.
He said that the state evaluates, yearly, what departments are the top in the state based on pay scale, training, crime, etc.
“I don’t know where they stand right now, but I know it’s not good,” Brown said.
He said that since November 6, when he was elected the city’s chief, he has begun his preparations to take over the position in January.
“I’m going to start within the police department,” he said. “I’ve been getting the rosters and getting the orders set up and established inside the police department, as far as rank-wise,” he said adding that he is already in the process of evaluating what the rank structure will be, as well as establishing an order of accountability.
“Without accountability we’re not going to go far,” he said.
He said that he has also prepared for officers to take extended training, ethics training and advanced training.
“I know they teach them in the police academy, but just to have more of that training implemented, and bring it back fresh to them to get us out of that rut we’ve been in from the prior chiefs,” he said.
He said that he is also working on establishing a drug task force “to deal with the problem of drugs on the street in the community, which is a big problem.”
Brown, who is currently a Corporal for the WBR Sheriff’s Office, said that once he gets into office he plans to speak with the city council members and explain his vision for the department’s direction.
“It’s a restoring process going on right now,” he said. “We’re going to restore the loyalty, the integrity of the police department, and the people are going to learn to trust us more because of that, and learn to respect the law enforcement like they should, and we’re going to respect them, and we’re going to work together as a team.”
He said that he is also looking forward to working with the schools, getting School Resource Officers back into the city’s schools.
He said that since his election, he has received much support from the community and other law enforcement entities.
“I received support from (WBR Sheriff) Mike Cazes, (WBRSO) Colonel Richie Johnson, and everybody. They’ve been telling me that they know I’m going to do a good job and anything they can do for me, they will,” Brown said. “I’ve even gotten calls from the police departments in Brusly and Addis, everybody is just excited. And I definitely want to work with all of them. I believe the police should be unified. We need to help each other out and work together for a common cause.”
Brown said that he is appreciative of the constituents’ votes and looks forward to being able to serve.
“Change can’t happen without the people. It takes the people to warrant a change,” he said. “I’m a man that loves people – that’s where it starts. You’ve got to have a love for people and a hate for crime. That’s basically me. I love serving people and I hate crime. So from that, over a time period, they’re going to see that.”