Nikeo Collins was sworn in as the Natchitoches Police Department’s new Chief of Police at a ceremony on Sept. 1.
Speakers included Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright, former Sheriff Victor Jones, DA Billy Joe Harrington, Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr., and Interim Police Chief Officer Harman Winters. Senator Louie Bernard served as Master of Ceremony. Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Dunn led the invocation after the presentation of colors. Nikeo Collins II led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Speakers made note of Collins’ admirable characteristics: detail oriented, honest, determined, committed, and many more as he’s served the Natchitoches community over the past 27 years in various roles in law enforcement.
The change of guard was held with Mayor Williams leading the Charge to the Chief. Collins’ wife LaQuita came to the stage to perform the rank pinning. Then Clerk of Court David Stamey led Collins through the Chief’s Oath of Office.
Collins spoke of serving the community, of speaking to each individual stakeholder, and of improving safety for all residents as he works to move the department forward.
With a beautiful voice, Akilah Isaac sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the ceremony and Rise Up to close it out. Pastor Altorio Holden gave the benediction.
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