BCPD captain makes history

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Broom-McGee is 1st African American deputy chief in department’s history

The Bossier City Police Department has made a historic promotion with its new deputy chief.

Richard Broom-McGee was honored at a pinning ceremony March 4, symbolically promoting his rank from Captain to Deputy Chief. Broom-McGee, a 24 year department veteran, is the first African-American to hold this rank with the Bossier City Police.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I’m excited. It’s a phenomenal day,” Broom-McGee said just moments after the pinning ceremony. “I’m blessed beyond my comprehension.”

Deputy Chief Broom-McGee has been a member of the Bossier City Police Department since 1990 and most recently held the rank of captain. During his career with BCPD, he served in several capacities including patrol, SWAT and the Street Crimes Interdiction Unit.  Over the past several months he served as commander of the patrol division and Special Operations Services (formerly known as SWAT).

Bossier Police Chief Shane McWilliams said Deputy Chief Broom-McGee is a well-rounded, hardworking individual and someone who deserves the job.

“He’s a proven leader and well respected in the department,” McWilliams said. “He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the table and he’s just a stand up guy.”

Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker along with Bossier City Council members Jeffrey Darby and Jeff Free joined numerous city department heads, employees, family members, and friends along with area law enforcement and fire officials in attending the event. Deputy Chief Broom-McGee received his promotion pins from Captain Tommy Black and his mother, Francine McGee.

No one in the audience, though, was more proud of him than his mother.

Deputy Chief Broom-McGee becomes one of three deputy chiefs under Chief McWilliams that are tasked with supervising the day-to-day operations of BCPD.  His area of command encompasses the patrol, traffic, K-9 and training divisions.

Deputy Chief Jimmy Stewart overseas all support services of the department including the communication, jail, records and internal affairs divisions while Deputy Chief Daryl Worley oversees the criminal investigations division, division of special investigations, purchasing and human resources.

“One of the taglines I use pretty often is ‘together we’re better.’ Certainly, you can see that this has come to fruition when people will get up to stand behind you that aren’t even blood related,” he said. “We are all connected to something that is bigger than ourselves.”

Deputy Chief Broom-McGee plans to continue serving the community as he has for more than two decades. However, he has a few ideas that he would like to implement, which he says will only serve the community even better.