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Panelist Bio


Kevin Harrison
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Orleans Division

ASAC Harrison's area of responsibility includes Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe. He grew up in Assumption Parish, while his father managed Supreme Sugar Refinery near Napoleonville. He attended Assumption High School and upon graduation went to Nicholls State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

ASAC Harrison then accepted an officer position with the Baton Rouge City Police Department, where he remained for one year and a half. He later accepted a trooper's position with the Louisiana State Police and was stationed in Houma. Most of his time spent with these organizations was in narcotics enforcement.

In 1986, he accepted a Special Agent position with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He spent the next thirteen years in Texas mostly on the Mexican border and came home to Louisiana when he was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge position in Baton Rouge. In 2002 he transferred to DEA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., to fulfill his management career path obligation where he was ultimately promoted to Associate Deputy Chief Inspector within the Office of Professional Responsibility. In 2005 he returned to Louisiana in his present position as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

ASAC Harrison is married to a kindergarten teacher and has two grown sons. He has five brothers and one sister. His eldest brother, Joe, is presently serving in the Louisiana Legislature as a State Representative.

ASAC Harrison received the DEA Administrator's Award twice for Exceptional Service; the United States Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and was a Service to America Medal finalist for his search and rescue efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. ASAC Harrison presently serves on the Governor’s Drug Control Policy Board.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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