Darrell Basco named Interim Police Chief of Pineville Police Department

Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 10:11 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2022 at 4:32 PM CDT
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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - On Monday, Oct. 17, Mayor Rich Dupree appointed Darrell Basco as Interim Chief of the Pineville Police Department.

Basco, who has been with the PPD since 1994, was most recently Deputy Chief of Police and Public Information Officer for the department.

Basco steps in for Don Weatherford, who retired as Chief on Saturday, after 38 years of policing service, the last 12 as Pineville’s Chief of Police.

Basco is a lifelong Pinevillian and has also led the state’s Fraternal Order of Police for the last 14 years, a record for the state’s FOP, which represents 6,000 officers statewide.

Basco talked about what his priorities are stepping into his new position.

“In Pineville, we have always been proud and Pineville-proud of the police department being an integral part of our community,” said Basco. “So, keeping that connection going with our citizens, and making sure that our violent crime rate stays low. We always know that across the nation that is such an important thing that businesses and the community look at. So, we want to keep moving forward and utilize all the resources we can to be able to provide those services that we always have.”

Basco will be among eight candidates taking the Chief’s test on November 15. Dupree hopes to name a permanent chief by the first of the year.

Below are the candidates expected to take the exam:

  • John Robert Barnard
  • Darrell Brian Basco
  • Bobby Gerald Branton
  • Corey Edward Clark
  • Cody E. Griffith
  • Kaleb Ryan Martin
  • Christopher Allen Pittman
  • Joseph W. Salmon, Jr.

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