LAFAYETTE — After one week on the job, KATC sits down with Lafayette Police Chief Thomas Glover Sr.
For more than 40 years, Glover lived and worked as a law enforcement officer in Texas. Then, the Louisiana native decided it was time to come home.
"I still have family in Louisiana scattered about. I have maternal roots that are outside of New Orleans, Kenner area," Glover said.
Glover, who was previously Deputy Chief of Police in Dallas, says he is no stranger to the issues occurring around the city, including community relations with police.
"I have been instrumental in solving those issues and trying to solve the gap," Glover explained. "You never demand respect, you command respect."
Ending the use of excessive police force is at the top the police chief's to do list. Glover said before leaving Dallas, a 'Less than Lethal Weapons' class was held for his department. He wants to host that same class for all LPD officers.
"I think it'll be something beneficial here. I know they do some things here. We're going through deescalation training in the building now," the chief said.
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For now Glover says he will continue to introduce himself around the community. He plans on getting involved with numerous community organizations after the pandemic.
"Regardless of where I'm at, who they are, I want them to come up, we fist bump, keep social distant, but I want to hear from them."
The new chief adds that even though the transition isn't the easiest, he's happy to call Lafayette his home.
You can watch more from the interview here.