In Acadia Parish, three highly qualified candidates are running for the office of Crowley police chief.
Donald Alleman has extensive experience that he wants to pass onto Crowley police officers if he is elected.
Alleman served in the military and then joined the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office. He worked there from 1981 to 1994.
He then got elected and served two terms as Crowley police chief.
Alleman then went onto to serve under the Louisiana Attorney General, investigating Medicaid fraud and abuse in nursing homes.
Alleman also served two years in Kosovo, at one point, overseeing 70 personnel as the deputy chief of criminal investigation for the newly formed European country.
His expertise is in criminal investigation, and if elected, he wants to work with every officer individually to put them in the right role to become more immersed in the community.
“We want to enhance community policing for the better of the city. That way, our officers can get more information and talk to them and become one with the people of the city,” said Alleman.
Dexter Faulk says he was inspired by a positive encounter he had with police while he was youth.
He joined the Crowley Police Department straight out of high school and served in the department for 18 years.
Faulk then went overseas and worked as a K9 security officer for American and Iraq Allied Forces for eighteen years.
During that time, he says he was able to learn how to acclimate into new cultures and tolerate and collaborate with people of every race, creed, and background.
As chief, Faulk says he wants to apply that skill by encouraging officers to treat citizens with fairness and humanity in every enforcement interaction.
“You have to have feelings. You have to know the people you’re dealing with, and the people have to know you… that they can trust you, and that they can deal with you, and that you’ll give them a fair shake,” said Faulk.
Current Police Chief Jimmy Broussard has only been in office for two years after taking over for now-Sheriff K.P. Gibson.
He’s accomplished great improvements in his short time in the position.
The police force has received many technology and gear upgrades under Broussard’s leadership.
The department has secured six new SUVs for division commanders and captains.
They have also secured 16 of the latest model of Ford Taurus for patrol officers.
Additional technology upgrades include infrared radar guns, new computer dispatch system, and body cameras.
Broussard says one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of is the extensive training his officers have done to improve their community policing.
“If we don’t have the public’s participation, and for a long time, we didn’t for whatever reason, now, they’re beginning to talk to us again. That’s one of the things we want to continue building upon,” said Broussard.