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A special response team is exposed to gases in training to prepare them for civil unrest response
The order lifts limits on how many new employees Louisiana sheriffs can hire and on payroll increases for their departments
Lt. Brad Robin with the Lafayette Police Department said the agency currently has 60 sensors installed across one square mile in the city
The idea to add Patch to the force was inspired by Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick, a horse lover; Patch will help the horses working the Mardi Gras festival by relieving their anxiety and boredom
“Addressing public safety has to be a mix of both investment and enforcement,” said Clay Young, Chair of the Baton Rouge Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Foundation
“The [NOPD] is in shambles because of a federal consent decree ... We have to wrestle that away from them, and even if [the judge] gave it to us today, it would take a decade to build that police department back up,” Gov. Jeff Landry said
The majority of the funding from the $2.35 million deal will go toward personnel costs for deputies from 18 different agencies
Madalyn Jarreau was 5 years old when she went to a fallen officer’s funeral procession; she graduated from the academy 18 years later
The program is intended to highlight residents of all ages with conditions or disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for them to verbally communicate with first responders, like autism, Alzheimer’s or a traumatic brain injury