Photos: BR Police Chief Dabadie one year later

Since officially taking the helm of a divided and downtrodden department one year ago, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. has spent his time at the top mollifying the troops, gradually lifting what many described as a once widespread mood of frustration among the rank and file.

“There’s no doubt the morale is up,” Dabadie’s boss, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, said. “The chief goes out and spends time with the officers. He jumps their tails when they need to be jumped. And at the same time, he’s always looking for more and better ways to provide an efficient service to the citizens of Baton Rouge.”

Dabadie inherited a department wracked by turmoil that culminated in a contentious showdown between Holden and former police chief Dewayne White early last year. Holden eventually fired White in February, appointing Dabadie — then White’s chief of staff — to take over as chief on an interim basis. About six months later, Holden made the move official, elevating Dabadie to his current position on July 31, 2013.