With budget approval, council agrees to more police academies
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers.
The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about pay raises that were not included for rank and file city-parish employees.
The mayor's office has promised to rework the budget in early 2015 once an increase is worked out and negotiations are done with union representatives and others involved in pay plans. Raises could come in April.
Overall, the city's spending plan increased by about 2.5 percent from 2014 and includes a merit raise for eligible employees.
The additional police academies were included because the mayor said he wanted to strengthen crime fighting initiatives around the city.
"The police department, year, goes through attrition; retirements and resignations. So, by having this academy, it replenishes our ranks and manpower on the street," police chief Carl Dabadie said in an interview with WBRZ at the recent graduation of the latest police academy.
BRAVE support continues and the budget includes initiatives to add additional manpower to downtown in the evening.
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