Only overnight patrols in Sorrento
SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council struck a deal with the Ascension Parish Sheriff Tuesday night that continues to have deputies patrol the town since the police department can not after losing its insurance coverage.
But, the deal only guarantees a deputy in the town from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and around-the-clock on weekends. The sheriff said the paid chief and assistant chief, still working on the force, should cover calls during the work hours.
But, Chief Earl Theriot said that is not possible.
"I'm not going out there with no insurance on me," said Theriot. "I'm not going to send that officer out there with no insurance on us."
He asked, "does the town want to take the responsibility of sending us out there with no insurance?"
Members of the city council plan to meet with Sheriff Wiley to discuss 24-hour deputy services during the weekdays. In the meantime, the council says there is enough money in the budget to support the Sheriff's current offer.
Chief Theriot is still shopping for an insurance company to cover the town's police. The force lost coverage in November.