Whitehorn announces retirement as U.S. Marshal for Western District of Louisiana

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Former Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn has announced his retirement as United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana after almost 10 years of federal service.

Whitehorn, who also previously served as the Louisiana State Police Superintendent and directed law enforcement disaster response during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, will step down as U.S. Marshal effective January 31, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.

Whitehorn was Shreveport’s first black police chief, serving in that role for just under three years before his appointment in July 2010 to the U.S. Marshal’s Office by President Barack Obama.

During his tenure as Shreveport Police Chief, the statement says, “violent crimes and property crimes were reduced to its lowest level in more than 30 years. The homicide rate dropped 54 percent and aggravated assaults were decreased 17 percent.”

During his leadership of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Whitehorn oversaw programs like the Western Louisiana Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, which the agency says has arrested nearly 17,000 fugitives since he was appointed in 2010, and which now includes 21 partner agencies and 61 law enforcement officers. He has also created an extensive network of established partnerships throughout all levels of law enforcement as well as private entities.

“I have been truly blessed to serve our nation in the capacity of the United States Marshal,” Whitehorn said in the statement, “and I am extremely proud of the District’s accomplishments over the last nine years; there are too many to mention. But, as I have said before, it’s amazing what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit.”

The U.S. Marshals Service a federal law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency is responsible for apprehending wanted fugitives, providing protection for the federal judiciary, transporting federal prisoners, protecting endangered federal witnesses, and managing assets seized from criminal enterprises.

The Western District of Louisiana includes 42 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Jefferson Davis, De Soto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Lafayette, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St Landry, St Martin, St Mary, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.

The following is the full statement released Tuesday by the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana:

Henry L. Whitehorn Sr., United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, announced today that he is retiring after almost 10 years of federal service, effective January 31, 2020.

Whitehorn began his public service in the military beginning February of 1973 after he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served for four years on active duty with his last duty station at Barksdale Air Force Base from December of 1974 to February of 1977.

Marshal Whitehorn began his law enforcement career with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis, Missouri, in February of 1977 as a Patrolman.  In November of 1978 he joined the Louisiana State Police and was assigned to Troop G in Bossier City.  While assigned at Troop G Whitehorn served as a Patrol Trooper, Narcotics agent, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Executive Officer; his assignment at Troop G culminated with is promotion to Captain where he served as the Troop G Commander from 1996 to 1998.  In June of 1998 Whitehorn was promoted to the rank of Major and was assigned as the Command Inspector for Region 3 located in Alexandria, Louisiana.  As Command Inspector he was responsible for command oversight for five (5) of the nine (9) Troops throughout the state.  In July of 2000 Whitehorn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was assigned as the Deputy Superintendent.  As Deputy Superintendent he was responsible for and had complete authority over the Bureau of Investigations which includes all State Police Criminal and Gaming Divisions.  In 2004 Whitehorn was appointed by Governor Kathleen B. Blanco as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Services and the Louisiana State Police Superintendent.  As Superintendent of Louisiana State Police, he initiated the design and build of the project for statewide interoperable communications for all first responders. He also directed the law enforcement disaster response during the costliest natural disasters in the history of the United States, hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Whitehorn retired from the Louisiana State Police in July of 2007.   On August 1st of 2007 Whitehorn was appointed as Chief of Police for the Shreveport Police Department by Mayor Cedric B. Glover.  While serving as Chief of Police for the city of Shreveport violent crimes and property crimes were reduced to its lowest level in more than 30 years.  The homicide rate dropped 54 percent and aggravated assaults were decreased 17percent.  These previous law enforcement positions allowed Marshal Whitehorn to work in all communities throughout the Western District of Louisiana.

On July 12, 2010, Whitehorn was appointed as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana by President Barack Obama.  His leadership can be seen through programs like the Western Louisiana Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, which has arrested nearly 17,000 fugitives since he was appointed in 2010, and which now includes 21 partner agencies and 61 law enforcement officers. He has also created an extensive network of established partnerships throughout all levels of law enforcement as well as private entities. His strong track record of demonstrating the highest levels of professional excellence has been an asset to the western District of Louisiana and the United States Marshals Service.

“I have been truly blessed to serve our nation in the capacity of the United States Marshal, and I am extremely proud of the District’s accomplishments over the last nine years; there are too many to mention. But, as I have said before, it’s amazing what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit.

Today, I would like to thank all of the nameless men and women who have served are currently serve with the Louisiana State Police, the Shreveport Police Department and the United States Marshals Service, Western District of Louisiana.   You are the reason why my service has been so gratifying and successful. I also thank my family and friends who have been supportive throughout my career.

I am looking forward to what the future holds, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the United States Marshal.

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