BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This week marks one week on the job for new Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. and we think there's good reason for optimism.
Dabadie, who had been interim police chief since February, takes over at a time when the city has seen a decline in criminal activity, including a 40 percent drop in homicides. But, Dabadie, a 28-year veteran of the department, acknowledges there's still a lot of work to be done. It won't be easy, as Baton Rouge still ranks among the most dangerous cities per capita in the United States.
But, the hope is that Dabadie can build off of his experience and continue to make Baton Rouge a safer city. Many are also counting on Dabadie to help heal the department after trying times related to the last chief's termination.
We know the challenges facing the Baton Rouge Police Department can't be fixed overnight. But, we believe that given time and support from community leaders, Chief Dabadie will create a safer Baton Rouge.