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Southern selects new police chief

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 3:13 PM by Romni DiJohn
Updated: Oct 15, 2011 11:02 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Southern University has named retired police Capt. Ronald L. Stevens as the new chief of police on the Baton Rouge campus.

Chancellor James L. Llorens publicly announced the selection today. He said he made the choice based on a recommendation of a campus search committee and interviews with the finalists for the position.

"I believe that Captain Stevens brings experience and a vision that will provide a high level of leadership in the day-to-day operations of the department," he said. "I am also impressed by his focus on providing opportunities to upgrade the technology in the department."

Stevens worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department for 29 years. He retired in July 2004. While there, he served as a shift sergeant, shift lieutenant, a patrol officer and a detective. He was also commander of the police department's Operational Services Bureau and Communication Division.

For the past three years he has been an investigator for the Louisiana Department of Justice in the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.

Stevens said he is excited about bringing his experience and leadership abilities to the department.

"I see opportunities where we can make changes that will continue the university's goal of operating a campus friendly and compassionate police department," Stevens said. "As always I want to make sure that our officers are doing everything to make students, faculty, staff and visitors feels safe at all times on Southern's campus."

"The chancellor has given me his full support and that is very important in this position," he said, adding that he plans to start his command on Oct. 24.

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