Port Allen adopts new rules for police hires
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance that will force recently hired police officers to reimburse the city for the money spent to train and outfit them if they leave the city's Police Department within two years.
The new measure, approved Wednesday night, is an attempt to address the department's increasingly high turnover rate.
During the council's committee meetings last month, At-Large Councilman R.J. Loupe expressed frustrations about having to authorize the hiring of up to a dozen new officers over 18 months.
Officials said many of the departing police officers left the department to work in neighboring parishes with higher salaries. They estimated the city spent as much as $2,000 on training and equipment for each officer.