Posted: Jun 2, 2014 9:53 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jun 2, 2014 9:53 PM
SORRENTO - Lawmakers passed legislation that would allow voters to decide if the town's police department stays or goes.
The Sorrento Police Department has been in the middle of controversy after losing its insurance coverage last year. It's currently without a full force because of the insurance snafu, and without a chief since the former top cop resigned amid scandal.
The measure to dismantle the department was approved by the legislature and is awaiting Governor Jindal's signature.
Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert would like the governor to sign the legislation. He believes the town cannot afford the department and is not sure if the department can ever get insured again.
The proposal sets an election where voters in the Ascension Parish town would vote on if there should be a police force or not. It will likely take place during the November election if the town can meet necessary deadlines.
The mayor said a special election is not possible, also due to finances.
But, not everyone supports the mayor's push to end the city's police patrols.
"Our response time would be better to the calls that we have out. I would also like to see the town grow. And if the town grows, it needs it's own police department," Sorrento resident Ronnie Oquin said.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff handles many calls since the only officer patrolling for Sorrento is the Assistant Chief and he works during the work day.