Businesses worried about lack of Sorrento patrolling
SORRENTO - For the first time, police officers didn't patrol the streets of Sorrento.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies will patrol Sorrento at night, but not from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sorrento businesses are worried about not having police patrols during the day.
"If we get robbed we have to go through Ascension Parish, and if they're not patrolling during the daytime it will take them longer to get here. So you have less chance of catching a thief if we get robbed," said Reno Gregoire, who owns Reno & Hope's Seafood.
Deputies will respond to emergencies during the day, but there will be no policing during the daytime. The nearest sheriff's office is fewer than 10 miles away.
"They're here in no time, so everyone seems to be on the job and I'm glad of that. I would still like to see the Sorrento Police Department active, but you can only do so much," said Livin' Louisiana owner Beth Laiche.
Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot says he's doing his best to get the police department insured so officers can return to the streets.
"We're still working to get insurance. Like I said, we're still making phone calls. We're still trying to get quotes and everything. We're working now to get the whole town insured instead of just the police department," he said."
Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in an e-mail to Sorrento leaders that deputies won't patrol during the day while Theriot and his assistant chief are getting paid. But Theriot says he's not leaving.
"No I'm not. I'm going to stay here. Like I said, I was elected for four years and I'm going to stay here and fight to get my police department back going again," he said.
Sheriff Wiley says deputies will patrol Sorrento at night through March.