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28 Days Of Black History: Henry L. Whitehorn

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Henry L. Whitehorn began his public service in the military beginning in February 1973 after he enlisted in the U.S. 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. Whitehorn began his law enforcement career with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis, Missouri, in February 1977 as a patrolman.  In November 1978 he joined the Louisiana State Police and was assigned to Troop G in Bossier City, making his way to the top to serve as troop commander. From there, Whitehorn went on to serve as command inspector for Region 3 in Alexandria, where he was responsible for five of the nine troops throughout the state. In 1986, Whitehorn earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University – Shreveport and in 1989, he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University.

In 2004 Whitehorn was appointed by Gov. Kathleen B. Blanco as the deputy secretary for Public Safety Services and the Louisiana State Police superintendent.  He retired from the Louisiana State Police in July 2007. Although he retired, his career in law enforcement did not end there. Whitehorn was appointed Shreveport police chief in 2007 by Mayor Cedric B. Glover. During his tenure, violent and property crimes were reduced to its lowest level in more than 30 years. Both homicide and aggravated assault rates also decreased. On July 12, 2010,  Whitehorn was appointed to the U.S. marshal position by President Barack Obama.

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