Chief Raymond has nearly 19 years of service with The Shreveport Police Department, serving in roles that include Special Response Team Member, Narcotics Agent, Patrol Officer and Academy Instructor.
I am confident that Chief Raymond has what it takes to lead this department with the support of Deputy Chief Bill Goodin and the brave men and women of the Shreveport Police Department, said Mayor Tyler. In his position as Chief Administrative Assistant, Chief Raymond has shown leadership, commitment, and dedication in serving the citizens of Shreveport.
Chief Raymond was promoted to sergeant in 2017 while he was assigned as an instructor at the Shreveports Regional Police Training Academy. In September of 2017, he was appointed to be the Chief Administrative Assistant where he was responsible for the creation, implementation and management of the departments more than $50 million operating budget.
Mayor Tyler will make a recommendation for the extension of this appointment to the Civil Service Board as required.
Mayor Ollie Tyler announced Tuesday that Chief Administrative Assistant Ben Raymond had been named “substitute” chief of the city police department, replacing Alan Crump.
Raymond has served on the department for nearly 19 years in roles that include special response team member, narcotics agent, patrol officer and academy instructor. Raymonds appointment comes after Crump took medical leave.
“We feel like the police department and the officers there have the utmost respect for him,” Tyler said.
Crump, and Tyler, have been under pressure to address crime in Shreveport. Tyler said she believed that Crump elected to step down due to public perceptions about crime fighting in the city.
Crump initially told Tyler Friday afternoon that he would retire. He sent the mayor an email during Mondays city council session stating that he would instead take medical leave.
“I am sending this email to inform you that effective today, my doctor has restricted me from returning to work, therefore placing me on medical leave. Instead of retiring on November 15, 2018, I will be on medical leave until further notice,” Crump told Tyler.
A member of the police department provided Tyler with the necessary documents from Crump Tuesday morning, Tyler said.
Tyler added that she would have a conversation with Crump at end of his leave about returning to duty.
Tyler finished second in the Nov. 6 election in her campaign to win a second term. She faces a Dec. 8 runoff election against the top vote-getter, Adrian Perkins. Both are Democrats.
The title “substitute” is used when an appointee is taking over a position for someone due to an extended absence — like medical leave. The title “interim” is used when an appointee temporarily assumes a position that is vacant, said City Attorney William Bradford.
Taking medical leave rather than retiring would permit Crump to retain his city health benefits during the leave.
At Tuesdays City Council meeting, Council members Willie Bradford and Stephanie Lynch questioned Raymond about policies he would undertake as acting chief.
Raymond told council members that he would re-evaluate current crime-fighting plans and the allocation of officers. The new acting chief advocated a proactive, boots-on-the-ground policing strategy. Raymond added that he would be a more outspoken and visible chief. -added last sentence
“Im excited about the opportunity,” Raymond said. “I think that I have the background and the ability to lead the department (and) to attack some of the issues that we have.”
“Ben is exciting,” Flurry said. “Hes the new fresh look that we need at SPD. Ive got a lot confidence because hes got the full authority and hes going to make some things change.”