Lafayette Chief Seeks Funds For New Officers, Police Stations
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft has a $22 million wish list, including a proposal to add 40 patrol officers, build a new a police station and add two new precinct substations.
The Advocate reports the proposal came at a meeting Monday of the city-parish Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee, an advisory group created by the City-Parish Council in February to map out strategies to address the needs of local government.
The $22 million wish list was mainly for facilities — $15 million for a new police station and $1 million for two new precinct substations — but also included $1 million for an updated records management system and $350,000 for a new mobile command center.
Craft also pushed Monday for better starting pay for new recruits.