LSP Colonel: 'These are the darkest days State Police have had'
BATON ROUGE- State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves addressed reporters at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday discussing issues that have recently plagued his agency.
"The actions of a few should never reflect on our agency as a whole," Reeves said. "I would hate to see all of our troopers and civilian staff be painted with a broad brush."
Those statements come as there are numerous investigations into the Department. Most recently, The Advocate Newspaper obtained documents that showed former State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson free loaded off the taxpayers back for things like: hotel stays, dry cleaning and meals.
There are also two other incidents under investigation. A side trip that troopers took to Las Vegas while they were on the road to San Diego. Colonel Reeves said he couldn't comment on that because an appeal is underway.
There is also an investigation into a ticket writing program called LACE, after it was reported that troopers were at home during the times they were supposed to be at work.
"Personally, I think these are some of the darkest days State Police has had," Reeves said. "As a career state trooper, that's troubling to me for the men and women that get up everyday that just want to do their jobs and are committed to the communities they serve."
During the address, Reeves talked about the need for better technology which would include a computer aided dispatch system. However, it would cost about 11 million dollars and State Police would need lawmakers to approve some extra money.
He also talked about a discipline panel that has been implemented to make the process more fair and transparent when troopers get in trouble.