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Outside help to revamp Sorrento PD

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago December 03, 2013 Dec 3, 2013 Tuesday, December 03 2013 December 03, 2013 9:13 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Zach Correa

SORRENTO, LA. - The town council approved a move to have a former chief of police in Gonzales to help revamp the Sorrento Police Department.

Former chief Bill Landry, now retired, will help supervise a transition toward a new policy manual.

Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot said the new policy will hold police more accountable for their mistakes. Theriot said the new policy manual should be available by sometime next week.

The Sorrento Police Department lost its insurance coverage in late November, leaving the town without a local police force.  Currently, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is patrolling the area.

Chief Theriot said he recently received two insurance quotes, offering to cover the town's police.  The department still needs to review the quotes.

In addition, the council tabled an agenda item to approve lay-off notices for two Sorrento officers.  

In the council meeting, Chief Theriot revealed that he had not properly informed the two of their upcoming unemployment.  Theriot said he spoke with them about the matter but did not file formal documentation.

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