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The City of DeRidder announced yesterday that Craig Richard has been appointed as Chief of Police effective immediately.

Richard, a Lieutenant at the department, has 26 years as a law enforcement officer. He began with the city in 1993 as a patrolman and over the years, has served in various capacities including Range Officer, investigator for the Beauregard/DeRidder Narcotics Task Force, Training and Standards Officer, and Chief of Detectives. Presently, he is the Patrol Commander/Training and Standards Officer. Richard served 13 years as the police department representative to the DeRidder Fire and Police Civil Service Board, helped coordinate the DeRidder Police Department Reserve Police Officer Program, served on the joint Beauregard/DeRidder SWAT unit, and has received a multitude of specialty training through FBI-LEEDA courses.

Prior to becoming a city officer, Richard worked in emergency medical services and as a firefighter.

He attended Lamar Salter Vocational-Technical School and Sowela Regional Technical College.

The hiring process included both testing and interviews. A panel was appointed to assist in the process, which took several weeks.

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