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Ralph Williams
Chief of Staff, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Colonel Ralph Williams, Chief of Staff, has worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for the past 21 years in various uniform patrol and detective positions. He served as supervisor in narcotics and metro divisions and as commander of the School Drug Task Force, Night Supervisors, Special Community Anti-Crime Team (SCAT) and Special Response Team (SRT). While serving with EBRSO, Williams developed and implemented the very first community-oriented policing program for the agency known as SCAT. His law enforcement expertise includes, but is not limited to, policy development and implementation, SWAT tactics, community policing, firearms training and narcotics enforcement. Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern University in 1980. Upon graduation, Williams went to the NFL from which he retired in 1987 while playing for the New Orleans Saints.

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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

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