EBR Metro Council defers police residency proposals for 30 days
BATON ROUGE - Despite public concerns that the Baton Rouge Police residency requirement proposals should be voted on before election day, the Metro Council voted to deffer those proposals for 30 days.
The proposals would require new BRPD recruits to live within the East Baton Rouge Parish limits. Supporters of the measure said that the requirements would help improve community policing efforts in Baton Rouge.
Opponents, including Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, say the requirements would hurt recruiting efforts to hire new police officers.
Dabadie, agreeing with resident Gary Chambers, said that he would prefer the council take up the proposal before election day on Nov. 8.
"It's time to has things out," Dabadie said. "There are some areas we agree to disagree on. Definitely some time is gonna help."
The proposals have been on the Metro Council radar since the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling in July.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Parkview Baptist teen preps for national rodeo
Dangerous hole in Zachary neighborhood posing serious threat, residents concerned
Power restored after storms pound East Baton Rouge again Friday
Mayor-president pushing for new sales tax to improve East Baton Rouge traffic
Hotel room sales tax increase proposal to appear on ballot in Gonzales
Temeka Johnson basketball camp about more than the game
Saints looking to fill backfield void during Ingram's 4-game absence
Saints RB Mark Ingram says he's 'not angry' with his contract
Sean Payton's coaching style propels him into 13th year with Saints
New coach excited to change basketball culture at Southern