The town of Arnaudville is thinking about getting rid of its police department. That's because many in the community aren't satisfied with the current chief and think the sheriff's department might be a better and more cost effective alternative.
According to Mayor Kathy Richard, Chief of Police Richard Mizzi is in favor of dissolving his department. So now the town is looking into if it would make sense both financially and security wise to contract out law enforcement services.
"We need to free the our residents from all this fear," says Mayor Pro Tem Annette Guidry.
Guidry says over the past year, complaints from citizens have gone up, when it comes to how Mizzi is running the police department.
"There's no patrol going on. They're being told that there will be nobody to work at night," explains Guidry.
Guidry says Mizzi has told the council he doesn't have enough money to buy gas or gear necessary for his officers. However a recent audit showed the chief was sitting on over $70,000 available dollars.
"Mizzi has asked the mayor to contact the sheriff's department because he doesn't have the manpower, and resources that he needs," says Guidry.
This has forced the town to weigh their options when it comes to who protects their citizens. A willing candidate is St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
"The people in these small towns are begging for help," says Guidroz. "Help with getting these terrorists out of their neighborhood."
Guidroz has presented a contract that would save Arnaudville around $100,000 compared to their $300,000 budget for the police department. Meaning the handful of officers and dispatchers at the department will lose their jobs.
"I'm not just gonna grandfather in people I want deputies that's gonna go in there and maintain the conditions and the standards that I have," says Guidroz.
Mizzi's term expires in 2014. The decision will ultimately be up to the citizen's, if the Arnaudville council approves a special election.
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