BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Last Thursday, the police chief candidate review committee narrowed down from 19 to five candidates in the search for the next BRPD police chief. 

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement the next day following the meeting saying the next chief embodies qualities of experience, forward thinking, visionary approach to address of crime and more. 

“I express my gratitude to the Police Chief Candidate Review Committee for their meticulous and impartial evaluation of each candidate. I appreciate their willingness to serve the City of Baton Rouge and will take their recommendations seriously as we move forward in the process of selecting our next Chief of Police.

“It is of utmost importance that Baton Rouge’s next police chief embodies the qualities of experience, forward-thinking, and a visionary approach to address crime, oversee the growth of our police force, foster community engagement and trust-building, and upholding the principles of integrity and transparency.”

– Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

Now, Broome has been transparent about her not having a problem if the candidates are not up to par and said she will give updates after the interviews if she has to start from scratch. 

“I will let you know after I finish the process,” she said when asked if she was satisfied with the top five candidates. 

Meanwhile, she says the process of getting closer to finding the next BRPD Chief of Police is starting. 

“I certainly have looked at the final five. The process is still evolving. I’ll be doing interviews with those individuals within the coming week,” she said. 

As the process continues and seeks to come to an end, the current BRPD Chief Murphy Paul will remain in his position until a new chief is named.