New St. Martinville Budget Approved allowing Police Pay Raise; New Patrol Units

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The St. Martinville city council approved the 2019 and 2020 budget at last night’s council meeting. According to police chief Ricky Martin, the new budget for the police department includes a fleet lease of new patrol vehicles, a 12% pay increase for all department staff, and the addition of two new patrol officer positions.

The new starting pay at the police department is over $41,000 dollars. Chief Martin says they’ve also obtained new body cameras, radios, and are currently working on a taser program.

He says these improvements will make it easier to hire new experienced officers.

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