Oklahoma police chief vies for LRPD’s top seat


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The search for Little Rock’s next police chief took a step forward Monday with one of four finalists sharing their view for the city at a public forum. 

This marks the third of four candidate forums the city will host at Philander Smith College. 

Keith Humphrey, who currently works as Police Chief in Norman, Oklahoma, took the podium Monday. Humprey has 30 years experience working in law enforcement, first joining the Forth Worth Department in Texas. 

The Texas native has spent more than a third of his career working as cheif, first at a suburban department outside of Dallas before moving to Norman.

“I want the people to get me and understand that I have strong leadership skills,” Humprey said. 

Humprhey presented his vision for the city before answering questions from citizens for nearly two hours. 

“Trust and legitimacy, I think that’s the most important one,” said Humphrey, in an interview before the forum. “The citizens have to trust that the police department is going to work with them, and what we tell them this is the truth. If we can’t express what’s going on at that time, we have to give them a timeline and come back and provide that information when we say we’re going to do it.”

One of Humphrey’s proposals is to create a Citizen Review Board to help hold officers accountace, saying he set up a similar board in Norman. 

“They want to know what’s going,” he added. “Listening to the citizens and hear what they have to say, because they actually know what they want.”

The final forum is set for Wednesday. 

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