Darryl Albert sworn in as new Montgomery police chief
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery’s new police chief was sworn into office Monday afternoon.
It marked Darryl Albert’s first official day as Montgomery’s 15th police chief. Albert comes to Montgomery with 30 years of law enforcement experience. He most recently served as commander of the special operations division for the New Orleans Police Department.
During his time in New Orleans, Albert held several positions, including deputy chief of field operations, commander of NOPD crime laboratory, and commander of the criminal investigations division for homicide.
The city said Albert led units that “slashed” New Orleans’ murder rate while significantly reducing violent crime in that city.
Albert says he has a plan in place to address Montgomery’s crime rate.
“We will be tough on crime there is just no doubt about it,” Chief Albert said at the swearing-in ceremony.
“I will employ intelligence based policing to disrupt the criminal element. That’s where we are gonna start. I will build stronger collaborations between the city of Montgomery, police department, state and federal agencies,” Albert went on to say.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said conversations with Albert’s former colleagues in New Orleans made him confident that Albert was the right hire for the capital city.
“This is somebody that I believe will be an anchor here in this community, and I think will not only be an asset to our police department but will be an asset to the city, the region, and the state,” Reed said.
Mayor Steven Reed formerly introduced Albert to the public last week.
The hunt for the city’s newest police chief began after the city announced the resignation of former Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finely in June.
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