Police Chief White discussing many issues at Metro Council meeting


POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 4:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 5:42pm

Lots of big issues are on the table at tonight's Metro Council meeting.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White is looking to bring five more officers to the force. White says more police officers need to be patrolling the streets.

In order to do that, the chief wants to move the place where police fill out paperwork for arrests. At this moment, booking is on Plank Road, and White wants it at the parish prison.

White says that will cut down on the time it takes to book someone, so there can be more officers on the streets.

He is also going before the Metro Council to propose that people get fined for calling in false alarms. White says in a given year officers respond to up to 15,000 alarms, 97 percent of which turn out to be false, and it's a growing problem.

Right now, people are not fined for false alarms until their sixth offense, and that fine is only $10.

Another topic up for discussion will be the controversial crime cameras.

The cameras are set up in high crime areas where shootings happen often.

Metro Council will take a look at how effective they are in getting criminals behind bars.

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