As a guy stalled for time with worn out jokes at the podium within, a white Ford Interceptor moved with authority down Emory Dawson Street and into the parking great deal outside the house the Trade Club of Brunswick at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday.
Glynn County’s new law enforcement chief stepped from the car or truck, grabbed some papers out of the again seat and marched speedily into the constructing, 10 minutes late.
Jacques Battiste commenced his handle to the place whole of Trade Club customers by way of apology for tardiness.
“I just came down from Savannah,” Battiste reported. “Today was my psych eval for Write-up and I drove straight listed here.”
The veteran FBI agent and New Orleans, La., legislation enforcement officer essential no elaboration on that level. Regardless of 22 several years with the FBI and a current stint with the Orleans Parish Constable’s Office, Battiste is not a Georgia point out-certified legislation enforcement officer.
Though that does not avoid him from supervising a office of additional than 100 sworn officers, Battiste need to get state regulation enforcement certification ahead of he can make a traffic stop or slap cuffs on anyone listed here.
This element of his transfer from Louisiana to Ga turned a community problem for some when the county experienced to cancel his formal swearing-in ceremony previously this thirty day period.
The psychiatric analysis treatment in Savannah was section of the state’s Law enforcement Officer Benchmarks and Coaching Council (Write-up) eight-week certification method that Battiste is undergoing.
“They poked and prodded me for two or a few hours,” Battiste mentioned. “I lastly claimed, ‘Look, individuals. I have gotta go. I have got some location to be.’”
The Glynn County Fee employed Battiste in June and his initially working day on the work was July 7. Three months later, Battiste told the Exchange Club he is keen to employ enhancements within just a police department that he feels is by now headed in the correct way.
“Instead of improvements, I use the word enhancements,” Battiste explained. “When you boost a thing, you are operating with a little something that is excellent presently and creating it much better.”
However, it was just 18 months ago that the office appeared to be in turmoil. Then-chief John Powell was indicted in February 2020 on malfeasance fees related to an alleged coverup of wrongdoing by a division narcotics officer.
Powell maintains his innocence, but the county later on fired him.
A law enforcement main and an interim main have headed the county law enforcement office before Battiste accepted the career.
“The division is in terrific arms and we’re relocating forward,” Battiste mentioned. “We’re really seeking to get back your have faith in.”
Battiste served with the FBI for 22 a long time, working on everything from counter-terrorism to special functions stability. His first go to to the Golden Isles was during the George W. Bush presidency, when he served on a protection depth for the G8 Summit of earth leaders on Sea Island in 2004.
Soon after careers and schooling in Washington and the New Orleans space, Battiste explained Glynn County reminds him of his childhood dwelling in neighboring South Carolina.
“When I initial came down right here for the G8 Summit, I fell in adore with this place,” he claimed. “I grew up in South Carolina ahead of likely to New Orleans and this is so much like household.”
Right after retiring from the FBI, Battiste served as a campus law enforcement main at his alma mater, Xavier College of Louisiana in New Orleans. Battiste, who also holds a law doctorate from Southern College and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La., was the law enforcement tactical and instruction coordinator in Orleans Parish until eventually previous month.
“Heck, I was serving as a police officer in Louisiana suitable up till I arrived below,” Battiste explained to The Information as he stepped into the Trade Club setting up.
Battiste explained he is amazed by the dedication and professionalism of the officers inside the county law enforcement section. He expects people officers to build more powerful interactions with the communities they patrol.
“We have to be extra clever in how we offer with the public,” Battiste said. “We’re likely to be reaching out more. A lot more importantly, we’re going to be reaching out with community engagement. That is the critical. Above the subsequent few of months, you are going to see extra officers obtaining out of their cars and trucks and participating with the group.”
He mentioned the Golden Isles’ standing as a tiny-city beachfront local community could assistance recruit nonetheless more competent officers who may well be searching for an escape from metropolitan pressures.
“This is really a amazing local community, it is a hidden jewel,” Battiste claimed. “A great deal of officers are wanting that. They are on the lookout to get absent from the massive metropolitan areas.”
Battiste stated he is setting up a great rapport with neighboring agencies, from the Brunswick Law enforcement Department to the Glynn County Sheriff’s Business.
Just one Exchange Club member requested Battiste what has astonished him most about the local community he now serves.
“Coming from New Orleans, this is a School Zone for me when compared to the Autobahn (Highway) I was on,” Battiste claimed. “The greatest shock I’m getting listed here is that there are a great deal extra persons willing to get the job done with police and regulation enforcement. That’s been the major shock… It is obtaining people today who are inclined to function with us.”