BRPD and EBR Sheriff's department may merge

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:23pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC 33) – The Metro Council has decided to form a committee to look in to possibly consolidating the Baton Rouge police and sheriff’s departments.

The suggestion was made by District three Councilman Chandler Loupe at Wednesday’s Metro Council meeting. He believes the committee is necessary in part because of an upcoming bond issue that in part deals with the construction of a new police headquarters.

Loupe says one of the reasons for the formation of the committee is the current feud between Mayor-President Kip Holden and East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux over four million dollars in federal funding for local law enforcement agencies, “I had been thinking, talked to people about doing it before that controversy erupted, but that is kind of in step with funding issues that we as a council with on a daily basis.”

A merger of the E.B.R. Sheriff’s office and the B.R.P.D. would ultimately be up to you. It a committee finds it feasible to merge, only a public vote would force

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