Outgoing SPD Chief: "I have achieved a dream"

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – After nearly three years as Shreveport Police Chief, Henry Whitehorn is looking forward to starting his new job as U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana. "It's still service, and that's what appeals to me is an ability to serve in a different way, at a different level. But it's all about service and serving the community and this gives me an opportunity to serve the president and to serve our country."

Whitehorn was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana.  "I have achieved a dream," Whitehorn said after receiving the news in a phone call from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who nominated him to the post in April.  "The Marshal's position is one of the oldest federal law enforcement positions in the U.S. and touches all of the federal agencies," Whitehorn explains.  "When I earned my bachelor's degree, that was a goal of mine to be a federal officer of some sort."

The 55 year old St. Louis native has lived in Louisiana for nearly 30 years.  He retired as Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police to become Shreveport's Police Chief in August of 2007.  His last day as chief will be July 2.  Whitehorn says he does not know exactly when he will start his new job as U.S. Marshal.  President Barack Obama still has to sign off on his confirmation.

When he does start his new job, he won't be moving far.  As U.S. Marshal, Whitehorn's job will be to oversee the law enforcement arm of the Federal Court in downtown Shreveport.  That, Whitehorn says, includes "protecting the courts, the federal judges, the court system, fugitive apprehension and asset forfeitures."

He leave the Shreveport Police Department just one month short of three years after he was sworn in as chief.  Asked what he believes are the best accomplishments of his tenure, Whitehorn responds, "The successes are basically what these brave men and women do every day, and that's go out and fight crime. As you know, crime is down significantly over the last few years." He credits the support of the citizens for that as much as the police force.  He says maintaining that relationship with the public might also be the biggest challenge moving forward.

As for his successor, "That's a decision that the mayor will make, as you know, but we have we discussed some ideas." Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is in the process of interviewing 14 candidates.  He has said he hopes to select a new chief by July 2.  The mayor's choice will require confirmation by city council vote.

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