Opelousas police chief seeking re-election to third term

Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said Friday he would seek re-election to a third consecutive term in the November 2014 elections.

A 28-year veteran of the department, Gallow was first elected chief in 2006.

“Having served as police chief for the past 7 ½ years, I am prepared and eager to take the next step as I continue to provide proven, progressive leadership for our growing community,” Gallow said in announcing his plan to run for re-election.

“During these 7½ years, I have come to realize Opelousas citizens have been very active in the governance of their city,” Gallow said. “The responsibility of keeping law and order in our city is one that I take extremely seriously.”

Gallow said he considers himself “a steward not only of the protection of life and property, and in the prevention and suppression of crime, but also of the community’s unique character.”

He added, “My desire to improve the quality of life for all our citizens is as strong today as it was the first day, Dec. 16, 1988, I pinned on the badge.”

Gallow said he plans to continue “aggressive policing” in Opelousas to put pressure on criminals.