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Louisiana police agency abolished amid scandals

1 year 8 months 16 hours ago May 20, 2015 May 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 20 2015 May 20, 2015 9:05 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SORRENTO- Marred by lawsuits, federal charges and a disgraced former police chief, the Sorrento Police Department has officially been shut down by the town council.

The Sorrento Town Council unanimously approved Tuesday an ordinance to abolish the police department.

The town's voters had agreed in November to abolish the Police Department and the elected police chief's position. State law required that council adopt an ordinance officially shutting down the department. The town currently contracts with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for police protection.

Councilman Don Schexnaydre said after the meeting that the Police Department's closure will benefit the town tremendously as the town can now fully rely on educated and professional law enforcement officers for protection.

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