Posted: Jul 22, 2014 10:31 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 22, 2014 10:31 AM
SORRENTO - Town leaders in Sorrento scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday night to discuss letting voters choose if they want to close their police department.
The governor recently signed legislation that would allow the town to put forward a ballot measure to close the department. If approved by the council, voters would choose whether it stays open.
Police Chief Earl Theriot resigned in February as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. They were investigating claims Theriot had inappropriate sexual contact with a woman he had detained.
The town's police department had been almost entirely closed since late last year when their insurance lapsed and could not be renewed. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office agreed to patrol Sorrento while the police department was shut down.
News 2's Rob Krieger is in Sorrento speaking to residents about the situation. He'll have more tonight starting at 4 p.m.