Posted: Jul 15, 2011 5:39 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 15, 2011 6:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - The new police chief in Baton Rouge hopes the latest additions to the city's law enforcement will help them make an impact on crime in the area.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White says most of the 25 cadets going through the police academy right now will be assigned to work in District 1 and District 2, which include much of North Baton Rouge and the Highland Road area between downtown and LSU.
However, people living and working in those areas say extra officers may be only part of a solution. Four air conditioning units have been stolen from the Greater Antioch Baptist Church this week, and Pastor Lavert Kemp says people do not have respect for things once considered sacred like church property.
He says a lack of discipline at home and drugs are at the heart of most crime and those problems also need to be addressed. The church will have services Sunday despite the heat and lack of air conditioning. Church officials say they hope having addtional officers will help cut down on these types of issues.
The new officers are scheduled to start training next month. They will be ready for the street early next year. Chief White says it will cost about $110 thousand dollars to train and outfit each officer.