Jan. 17, 2019–Chief Lawrence Battiste / Police Chief, City of Mobile

Lawrence L. Battiste, IV is a long-time native of Mobile, Alabama. He is a graduate of B.C. Rain High School, class of 1981. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the United States Navy where he served five (5) years.
He has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bishop State Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Human Resources, and a Master Degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University. He is also a graduate of the F B I National Academy.
Once he returned to Mobile after his military career, he began his career in law enforcement. He worked for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office as a narcotic’s investigator assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force (DEA). He was later assigned to the Child Advocacy Center as an investigator and took on the responsibility as the department head of the Major Crimes Unit. He was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he served as a member and commander of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team, better known as SWAT.
On October 27, 2005, Lawrence L. Battiste, IV ended his career with Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and began a career as the Chief of Police for the City of Prichard, “The City of Champions.” Chief Battiste was a faithful servant to the city of Prichard for four (4) years until his resignation on December 14, 2009. Chief Battiste became the Chief Probation Officer for the Juvenile Court of Mobile County until his appointment as Assistant Chief of Police for the Mobile Police Department on May 29, 2015. On April 15, 2017, Lawrence L. Battiste, IV was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Mobile Police Department. Chief Battiste is married and the father of three (3) children. He is a member of the Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, where the Reverend David Frazier Sr. is the pastor. Chief Battiste serves on the Deacons Board.