Ascension Parish sheriff issues statement on Sorrento Police Department's recent issues

Ascension Parish sheriff issues statement on Sorrento Police Department's recent issues
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 2:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:19am

Ascenion Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley has issued a statement regarding the recent issues surrounding the Sorrento Police Department. 

He lets the citizens know that for the short term, the Sheriff's Office will handle law enforcement duties for the town if the Sorrento Police Department is eliminated.

Here is his statement in full:

Citizens of Town of Sorrento

As you probably know, for quite some time now there has been on-going concerns that have arisen regarding issues surrounding the Sorrento Police Department. Most recently, in fact yesterday, Sorrento town officials learned that Sorrento Police Department liability insurance coverage will be cancelled effective November 19, 2013.

While the future of the Sorrento Police Department lies in the hands of elected officials of the town, I want to assure you, the residents and citizens of Sorrento that there will be no interruption of Law Enforcement services should the town police services be curtailed or eliminated.

So, in short term, be assured that your Sheriff’s Office will be there for you if needed. In the long term, I will expect much more discussion between myself and town officials and these discussions will involve contracts, payment of services, and lastly and most importantly my condition that if contracted, my department would be the sole and exclusive provider of Law Enforcement services while we are on duty.

Your elected officials, including myself, need to hear from you regarding this most important issue.

Together we can rebuild this town and restore the quality of life and the pride of the Town of Sorrento that you deserve.

Sheriff Jeffrey F. Wiley

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