Overtime in the millions following violent protests in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE- In the wake of those violent protests in Baton Rouge, overtime figures are beginning to come in for law enforcement that worked tirelessly.
Following the shooting death of Alton Sterling, officers from around the state were called in to Baton Rouge to help. Law enforcement did what was necessary to keep the public safe. That included bringing out big equipment, weapons and full riot gear.
Tonight, Louisiana State Police reported spending $2.1 million dollars for the detail work that covered the protests after Alton Sterling was shot and killed. That figure does not include the massive showing of force one week after when officers and deputies were ambushed by a mad man from Kansas City.
The City of Baton Rouge tells WBRZ, their figures should be available later this week. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says his deputies will receive overtime but those figures are still being compiled and the numbers were not ready.
"As State Troopers, as police officers, public safety is our primary focus, not cost," Trooper Jared Sandifer said. "We will work regardless what that cost is, with that in mind we are mindful of the resources that we use."
Congressman Garret Graves has already tried to secure money for those agencies feeling the pinch. Recently, he announced the Department of Justice will fork over $650,000 to help local law enforcement.
Following the ambush on our officers, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux activated the Sheriff's Task Force. That brought in help from all over the state. That Task Force was deactivated Monday night at 6 p.m.