Terry Lee Melancon
the Baton Rouge Police Department
Baton Rouge Police Department was formally established in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, with the appointment
of the first Chief of Police. The department is responsible for the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws within
the city limits of Baton Rouge, an area encompassing approximately 76 square miles and populated by 228,000 citizens. The
Baton Rouge Police Department is authorized to employ 645 sworn officers, 44 communications officers, 34 other specialized
police personnel, and 189 civilians, for a maximum allotment of 912 employees. The Chief of Police is appointed by, and reports
to, the Mayor. All other police positions are promotional and based on seniority, as mandated by state civil service law.
All allotments, budgets and salaries are set by the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council. In 2002, the police department’s
budget was approximately $46 million.