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The Police Chief is directly responsible for the organization and administration of the department, for law enforcement activities, for the supervision of all department personnel, for financial planning and budgeting of funds, for Records-keeping, for public relations, and for care and maintenance of all department property and equipment. The Chief is also responsible for assuring that the proper training is provided for all employees. The Police Chief has the authority and responsibility to carry out the duties of the position independently and is accountable to the Mayor of the City of Alexandria.
Your Police Department is committed to service with Professionalism, Integrity, and Compassion. Our unofficial motto is “we strive to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today.” Our mission statement and department values can be viewed here.
Captain Ronney L. Howard was named interim police chief by Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall effective Nov. 2, 2020, upon the retirement of Chief Jarrod King.
Howard is a 30-year veteran and native of Alexandria. A graduate of Peabody Magnet High School, Howard joined APD as a patrol officer in 1990. During his career with APD he has worked with the Street Level Narcotics Interdiction Team, the Traffic Division, Detective Division and Internal Affairs. Leadership positions he has held include serving as Shift Commander, Assistant Bureau Commander of Investigations, Commander of Community Police, Uniform Division Commander and Interim Assistant Chief of Police.
In addition, Howard’s law enforcement experience includes working as a Field Training officer for three years, eight years on the Special Response Team, four years working with the Regional Apprehension Team Federal Task Force, 11 years working with the Violent Offenders Task Force with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department and numerous other assignments. Capt. Howard was also honored as the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer/Gold Medal Award for Public Servants in 2012.
Howard and his wife, Arementa, have been married for 31 years and they have four children.