NEW IBERIA, La (KLFY) – New Iberia city council members say the crime in the city has gotten out of hand, and at Tuesday night’s council meeting board member’s discussed possibly bringing in a liaison officer.
“Home invasions, vehicle break-ins, and I have two homicides in the district unsolved,” said city councilman, Raymond Lewis.
That’s just some of the issues councilman Lewis says he’s dealing with in his district.
“The non-existence of sheriff patrol, we in a desperate situation,” said councilman Lewis.
Resident Carl Polk agrees that the little to no sheriff patrols have caused a lot of problems throughout the city.
“Patrol all areas to where we can get the crime rates down,” said Polk. “We got too many youngsters running around here with guns.”
Problem is, councilman Lewis says back in 2005, residents voted to have the sheriff’s department take over policing in the city, which he feels wasn’t a good decision.
“The contract is not being fulfilled on no level by the current sheriff,” said councilman Lewis. “A city of over 32,000 people that was foolish enough and I was against consolidation.”
Councilman Lewis says Sheriff Ackal isn’t holding up his end of the deal by providing the 10 deputies as promised in the contract.
“If he can’t do his share and hold his part of the agreement, he needs to meet with the full council and say he can’t do such,” said councilman Lewis.
Councilman Lewis says that’s led to the council authorizing the mayor to take the steps to hire former St. Mary Parish Sheriff, David Naquin, as a liaison officer to the sheriff’s department.
Councilman Lewis says in order for a liaison officer to be brought in a budget amendment and contract must go before the council for approval on June 7.