Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council are pleased to announce Monroe Police Chief Quentin D. Holmes will soon earn add a new title to his name….Doctor! On December 9, 2016, Chief Holmes will receive his Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration with a concentration in Program Management from the College of Public Service and the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University (Jackson, MS).
Mayor Jamie Mayo comments, “We congratulate Chief Holmes on this tremendous achievement. He is leading the Monroe Police Department to new heights in accountability, pay, technology, vehicles and equipment. We are proud of him for this personal accomplishment and the positive impact it will have on the City of Monroe.”
Chief Quentin Holmes has a combined 27 years of law enforcement experience (civilian and military). Having already earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Chief Holmes, a Doyline, LA, native, began the quest for his Doctorate in the fall of 2007. After finishing his daily shift at the Monroe Police Department, Holmes normally commuted to Jackson, MS, three days a week to take night classes. He’d return home before midnight, do a few hours of homework, grab a few hours of sleep and get up at 6 am to begin another work day.
Chief Holmes completed his course work and comprehensive exams in 2012, and then started to on his dissertation. The research is a case study on the Monroe Police Department’s response to the financial crisis. The title is: Analysis of the Monroe (LA) Police Department’s Response To The 2008 Financial Meltdown: A transition to a 12-hour compressed work schedule for patrol officers. The study examined the impact the 12 hour shift had on the budget, absenteeism, crime, use of force, use of force complaints, salary packages, and operational and technological enhancements. All of the areas revealed a positive improvement with crime remaining basically flat during the 8 year study period (2008 – 2015).
MPD Chief Quentin Holmes says, “This has been a truly humbling experience. I am very thankful to have had to this opportunity for personal and professional growth. I truly appreciate the support of my family, Mayor Mayo, and the men and women of the Monroe Police Department. I look forward to continue working with the administration, city council and my team in blue to elevate our department to even greater levels of achievement.”