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Outside help to revamp Sorrento PD

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Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:13 PM by Zach Correa
Updated: Dec 3, 2013 10:13 PM
Source: WBRZ

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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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