BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An evening service at Mount Carmel Baptist Church was highlighted by a special ceremony Sunday as Chief Dewayne White was honored for his efforts to bridge the gap between the Baton Rouge Police Department and the community.
"His presence has made a difference. When you get the chief of police visiting and taking time with his wife and other family to say I'm part of the community and want to belong," said Conway Knighton, President of the Mid-City Baptist Community Fellowship.
"Just to be recognized and appreciated it's humbling and honoring," said White.
White was emotional and thankful when receiving the honor and made a pledge to continue working hard to fight crime in the city, especially within the 70805 limits.
"Wherever injustice prevails and wherever it raises its wicked head, I will stand firmly against it," added White.
The fight against crime has not been easy. Baton Rouge is coming off its highest murder total ever for the month of August but White says reducing crime is a process and programs like BRAVE attack the challenges his police force faces daily.
"You remove it, go around it, do something with it but you don't remain relegated to status quo. You continue to move ahead and make progress and that's all I know to do," said White.