Two men in runoff for Walker police chief

Two men in runoff for Walker police chief

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - There were four candidates and now there's only two as the race for Walker police chief has been narrowed down to David Addison and Chris Dufour.

Things have changed drastically in Walker since the candidates were first interviewed in July. The town was hit particularly hard by the recent flooding.

Dufour said improving Walker's response is something he wants to do.

"I'd like to put a plan in place just in case something like this happens again," Dufour said. "I mean, I think it went as good as it could, as small an agency as we are, but I'd just like to see that you know, we're a little more prepared for it, just in case something like that would happen."

Addison wants to create a whole new division specifically for emergency responses.

"It's called the RED team. That's Rapid Emergency Deployment," Addison said. "We're gonna handle mass transits when something happens on the interstate or within the city to move traffic. I'm gonna handle active shooter situations. I'm gonna have em trained in anti-terrorism, and last but not least, it's like what Walker suffered, natural disasters."

Other than the flooding, both men said that one of their top priorities is going to be improving the relationship between the community in Walker and the police department.

"With everything going on in the country right now, law enforcement has a lot of problems between itself and the areas where they're at," Dufour said. "And I want to make sure, we're a small enough community where we can still come together and you know, work well with the community."

"A lot of people don't know exactly what community policing is," Addison said. "Since I've been employed with Walker, I roll my window down, I wave at people, I get out, and I talk to people in the community and in their neighborhoods about their problems."

The runoff is December 10, and the winner takes over in January.

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