Command Staff

Chief Bruce Adams

Law enforcement veteran Chief Bruce E. Adams came to SUNO in December 2015 after working for more than 40 years at the New Orleans Police Department, where he worked his way up the ranks as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief. He announced his retirement from NOPD Saturday, December 5, 2015.

During his tenure with NOPD, Adams was a member of the department's Urban Squad (1976-1980); a detective in the Felony Action Squad, an elite unit in the late 70's and early 80's, who performed extensive undercover work to apprehend criminals with felonies (1980-1981); a detective with the SWAT/Street Crimes Special Operations Division (1981-1985); and a commander of various divisions within the department from 1985 to 2005. In 2005, Adams was appointed Deputy Superintendent of the Public Integrity Bureau, where he served until 2007. Until his retirement, he was the last original member, still working with the department, of the Urban Squad and Felony Action Squad.

Adams was the first African-American commander of the NOPD's detective bureau for the robbery and narcotics divisions, and under his leadership, the first FBI/NOPD Violent Crime/Fugitive Task Force was developed; a unit that Adams commanded and for which he wrote the program.

Adams has received numerous awards and recognition for his commitment and excellence in law enforcement, including the National Top Cops Award from the National Association of Police Organizations; the Police & Firefighter's Heroes Hall of Fame Award; and two Purple Hearts for incidents in which he was shot while in the line of duty.

In addition, Adams has served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice with Concordia University and SUNO.


 

Lieutenant Albert Ernest has been with Southern University at New Orleans since 2003. Prior to serving at SUNO, Lieutenant Ernest served as a Deputy at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Ernest earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from Southern University at New Orleans. In addition, he has earned a Master's of Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police Staff and Command. Lieutenant Ernest is a certified Active Shooter Instructor through the Louisiana State University National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. Lieutenant Ernest also currently holds several certifications.

Lieutenant Albert Ernest


 

Sergeant Pauline Joseph

Sergeant Pauline Joseph has been with Southern University at New Orleans since 2004. Sergeant Joseph has worked in various assignments within the police department. Sergeant Joseph has 20 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Joseph is a certified Active Shooter Instructor through the Louisiana State University National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. Sergeant Joseph has earned multiple certifications from the Louisiana Peace Officer Training and Standards Council, among others.


 

Sergeant Ja’Ronne Carter, Sr. has been with Southern University at New Orleans since 2018. Sergeant Carter has 9 years of law enforcement experience. Just prior to beginning his service as the SUNOPD Second Platoon Watch Commander, Sergeant Carter served as an Investigator for the Housing Authority of New Orleans Police Department. Sergeant Carter has also served on the Saint Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Sniper Team as an FBI Certified Sniper. Sergeant Carter is an Axon certified Taser Instructor as well as a certified Glock Armorer. Sergeant Carter has also earned various certifications from the Regional Counter-Drug and Terrorism Academy and the Louisiana Peace Officer Training and Standards Council, among others.

Sergeant Ja’Ronne Carter, Sr.


 

Sergeant Silas Phipps, Jr.

Sergeant Silas Phipps, Jr. has been with the Southern University at New Orleans Police Department since September 2018.  Sergeant Phipps has 13 years of law enforcement experience, three of which have been in command-level leadership positions.  Sergeant Phipps is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers as an Active Shooter Threat Instructor.  Sergeant Phipps attended the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s 199th Supervisor Leadership Institute for Law Enforcement and the 342nd Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives.  Sergeant Phipps has also earned multiple certifications from the Louisiana Peace Officer Training and Standards Council, among others. Sergeant Phipps is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.

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