Sorrento chief patrolling without insurance
SORRENTO - Nearly two months after the police department lost its liability insurance, Police Chief Earl Theriot is going back out on the streets, despite not securing new insurance.
Assistant Chief Ricky Smith told WBRZ News 2 that the pair will patrol the streets of Sorrento during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office will patrol the town during the remaining hours.
Smith said they will only respond to traffic accidents and look for speeders. He told News 2 if the department gets a call that could prove violent, they'll contact the sheriff's office for backup.
"That is a good thing, because during the day we've got a lot of speeding going on," said Tony Wilson, a Sorrento resident. "We need our police department to get back into business, because we really need it and they're being missed."
Not everyone is missing the patrols, though, already a handful of council people and the mayor have called for the chief's resignation, though Theriot has said he won't quit.
Meanwhile, experts don't think it's the best move to patrol without liability insurance.
"The staff of the Commission on Law Enforcement and the POST Council strongly recommend each department have insurance coverage, but it's not required by law, under the POST statute, that they do so," said Bob Wertz with the Commission on Law Enforcement.