Interim Police Chief says department "dealing a blow" to crime
BATON ROUGE - Interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick says in his first month, there has been change you can see on the streets of the city.
He says the department is dealing a blow to crime by mixing-and-matching different divisions, then putting those teams on the streets in strategically placed areas. Starting Wednesday, two new teams will join that effort, but will focus solely on the city's hottest crime spots.
So far, Mondrick says that plan has taken more guns off of the streets than the monthly average and brought stability to the force in a time most expected to be uncertain. He says he's also trying to change the public's perception of police work by detailing more of what officers are doing, instead of just sharing the statistics that work creates.
The mayor hopes to find a permanent police chief in place by the end of February.