BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said the department is making major progress and he would like to have a better relationship with the Police Union.
“Do I wish that we could work more closely together? Absolutely. Does that stop the progress that we’re gonna continue moving forward in this department? No it’s not,” said Paul.
Chief Paul said he has had some struggles and challenges with the Police Union since he’s been in his position.
His comments come after Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome went on a radio show to talk about change. She went on to say “many times the union is an obstruction to weeding out the bad cops. Every police officer isn’t a bad cop and we know that. But there are some who shouldn’t be in the police department.”
Chief Paul said he’s optimistic about moving forward.
“I think there are some cultural issues that I try to look at and how we got here and I think I have an overall understanding of that, but I still see value in them and I’m going to continue to try to win their hearts as well,” said Paul.
We reached out to the Union President who wasn’t available for an interview, but would have the Union spokesperson talk to us. When the union gets back to us we’ll update our story.