Sorrento Police have two weeks to find insurance
SORRENTO - There's just two weeks left for the Sorrento Police Department to find viable insurance to back the department, after it was learned the current insurance will lapse on Nov. 19.
If the insurance is allowed to lapse, the department will be left with just the chief and his assistant.
Assistant Chief of Police Ricky Smith is working with six different insurance providers to gather quotes to present to the town council. They must approve the insurance bid by Nov. 19 to keep the police department running.
Some business owners think losing its police presence could hurt Sorrento.
"You lose that hometown atmosphere, the local town, and you'd lose some really good cops on the street, and I'm a firm believer that you need as many good cops as you can get on the street these days," said Craig Walling, who owns C & C Treasures on LA 22.
Councilwoman Patti Poche told News 2 it would be easier to approve the new insurance if the quote comes close to what the town was already paying. However, she admitted to some constituents told her they thought allowing the insurance to lapse may be a better option.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said they would provide service to Sorrento, but only if Chief Theriot stepped down.