The residents of one Acadiana town won't have to worry about their safety anymore. This comes after a vote Tuesday night to hire a brand new staff for the Krotz Springs police department.
Despite earlier reports, newly re-hired Krotz Springs Police Officer Kenneth Ortego says Chief Mouille was never left alone to patrol the streets.
"At no point, did we not have officers on the street. We were fully completely covered all our shifts covered either by Krotz Springs police department or Saint Landry Parish Sheriff's Office."
But with the town hall's approval of a nearly all new staff at the Krotz Springs Police Department, the task of law enforcement falls squarely on the shoulders of the new regime.
"We got us a lot of good people coming to work and we're gonna get it back up and rolling tomorrow" says Krotz Springs Police Chief Norman Mouille.
Some residents say there's still some bitterness as left over from heated campaigns that resulted in a mayor, police chief, and several other elected positions in town. Ortego says the town made it's choice and at this point it needs to live with the outcome.
"Bottom line the election people spoke, people decided what they wanted, people wanted change they voted for a change they got it" says Ortego.
Resident Kitty Barker agrees. She says she hopes Krotz Springs can get back to being a town where residents can leave their doors unlocked. But mostly, she wants everyone to move on from the town elections.
"I just hope the town comes together, sticks by the mayor and the councilman and the chief of police and we can have a safe little town for my grand kids."
Chief Mouille told us the newly hired officers began their training to work the streets of Krotz Springs tonight. He pulled them in to a meeting to coordinate shifts immediately following tonight's town hall meeting.
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