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story.lead_photo.caption Keith Humphrey was sworn in as Little Rock's new police chief Monday morning. - Photo by Rachel Herzog

Keith Humphrey was sworn in as Little Rock’s 38th police chief Monday morning.

In a brief ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said he was “thrilled” to welcome Humphrey to Arkansas' capital city, describing him as a man of integrity.

After taking the oath of office from Little Rock District Judge Mark Leverett, Humphrey told a gathering of city and Police Department officials that he was eager to begin. Monday marked his first day on the job — about a week earlier than a date that had been previously set.

"This is home. We’re ready to get started,” Humphrey said. “Let me tell you: whatever’s fractured, we’re going to fix.”

A change of command ceremony will take place April 28 at 5 p.m. in the William Grant Still Grand Ballroom of the Robinson Center, 426 W. Markham St. There, Humphrey will formally accept the duties from interim chief Wayne Bewley.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • GeneralMac
    April 15, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

    good luck !

    You will need "luck" and a whole lot more to lower Little Rock's sky high crime rate .

  • MaxCady
    April 15, 2019 at 4:32 p.m.

    He needs to set up a command post in the middle of Baseline Road, aka O'Ninerville.

    April 15, 2019 at 4:53 p.m.

    LRPD has a command post in O'Ninerville. The SW Precinct is located on Baseline along with the SW Community Center and some other SW facilities. We've learned that the thugs don't go away just because the city dumps some feel-good money in an area (well, at least some of us have learned - not city hall).

  • hogfan2012
    April 15, 2019 at 5:24 p.m.

    Anxious to see if he can accomplish anything - I have my doubts that anyone could do the job that LR is needing done. Good luck - in the meantime, I will take my business down the road where it is a little safer.

  • MaxCady
    April 15, 2019 at 6:18 p.m.

    Well, they may have a substation, but whatever it is they're doing, it ain't working.

  • leshonta
    April 15, 2019 at 6:33 p.m.

    You'll cowards always have something negative to say about Little Rock. It must be a pitful life to be a miserable redneck. I can imagine how each one of you good old boys looked like. Like you'll savior Trump said, I like the uneducated rednecks. But he never says, he want to be like you'll good old boys.

  • susan918crosbygmailcom
    April 15, 2019 at 6:48 p.m.

    Hi Leshonta, at least this uneducated redneck can spell and use proper grammar and the correct words in the correct places.

  • leshonta
    April 15, 2019 at 7:07 p.m.

    Hi!,Leshonta. You talking about using correct grammar. Don't make me life,idiot.

  • DANNY46
    April 16, 2019 at 2:31 a.m.

    Seems Leshonta can't spell either. Blacks are doing 95 percent of the crime. Let's see if this Mayor and Chief of Police can do anything about it????

  • MaxCady
    April 16, 2019 at 3:23 p.m.

    It also must be pitiful to still have to use race as an excuse for why a culture can't adapt to a standard of civilization that doesn't lead to rampant criminal activity.