POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 9:26am
Sorrento, La (NBC33) — In what seems like a change of heart, Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot has started allowing patrols again, without any liability insurance.
It was a relief for some in the town of Sorrento to hear that police patrols would continue around the clock.
"We’ve got stuff stored outside. No one is home during the day. Just, I feel a lot better with police presence being out here during the day then nothing at all. I was happy, definitely thrilled to see that," explained Michael Conroy, a Sorrento resident.
One problem continues to bother residents, the chief and assistant chief may be out on the streets, but they are doing it without any liability insurance.
“It’s a very big deal because you're exposing that legal entity, whether it's a business, a city or a person to be liable out of their own money and pocket for those damages," explained insurance agent Kathy Desadier of Insurance Associates of Baton Rouge.
Desadier said no matter the cost, if the police are patrolling insurance is always a good bet.
“You can actually bankrupt a business (or town) if they were to be held accountable for the injuries. So it's sort of, irregardless of the cost, it's worth it," explained Desadier.
Though Mayor Mike Lambert did not return our calls, he and four other council members affixed their names to an open letter requesting the resignation of Chief Theriot. The letter was sent to our reporting partners at The Creole.
Assistant Chief Ricky Smith tells us that he will continue to look for insurance quotes to find a company willing to insure the department.