Carolyn Roy | News Editor
A unanimous vote of the City Council Monday confirmed Capt. Nikeo Collins as the new police chief. His inauguration will be Sept. 1 at 11 a.m., in the City Council Chambers. Collins is a 27-year veteran of the Natchitoches Police Department.
His career in law enforcement began as a volunteer reserve officer for two years when he was a student at Northwestern State. He obtained degrees in math, computer science and criminal justice from NSU. Collins joined the police force in 1996 as a patrolman and the Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force in 1998.
Collins said he has obtained 49 grants for the police department totaling $1,040,497. They helped partially fund body cameras and vehicle tracking software among other projects. He hopes to use federal stimulus money to restore vehicle mobile cameras. His other goals include obtaining accreditation for the department, having better trained officers and utilizing technology
. He will reach out to the community to find out problems and ask for help in re-establishing trust in the department. He will seek funding for officer pay and find ways to motivate employees to remain with NPD. “I look forward to the challenge,” Collins said. “I take pride in my department but I also know we have to work with others.”