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Carencro asked to pay for dispatching

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"It's a professional agency. Things are done very well. It would be very expensive for us to start our own dispatch center," said Police Chief Carlos Stout.

The Carencro City Council didn't take the news easy. The sheriff is proposing Carencro pay for dispatching. "Checking warrants for them. Entering warrants for them. Entering missing persons. Entering missing juveniles," explained Lt. Wanda Daly of LPSO Dispatch.

What concerned the council most is the millage residents already pay. In fact, the police chief said in 2012 Carencro paid nearly $700,000. A millage that he explained helps with the courthouse, jail, correctional center and law enforcement district. One councilman calculated that should be enough.

"Do I agree that we need to pay it? That I didn't agree with, but that's not my decision. That's you're decision," explained Chief Stout.

In addition, to paying for dispatch the Director of Corrections Rob Reardon talked about charging for inmate booking and incarceration. "The parish grows the City of Carencro grows. All the cities are growing and so it's just looking for resources basically," explained Reardon.

The chief explained that he's learned a state statue holds the parish responsible for maintaining and operating the parish jail; including providing for the inmates inside. "It may be wrong and if I am I apologize, but I'm just giving what I know and what I see. It's clear. It clearly states that we cannot be charged for those services," said the chief.

No word yet on proposals for Scott, Broussard and Youngsville. We're told the City of Lafayette already pays. LPSO says Duson is not on the list due to low call volume. The sheriff is proposing for dispatching $40,000 a year for five years; and an estimated $46,000 depending on volume for inmate incarceration and booking. No final decision has been made.

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