Sorrento Council Votes To Hire Police Officer After Stun Gun Dismissal
SORRENTO, La. (AP) — Despite an ongoing investigation in the Sorrento Police Department, The Advocate reports the town council has voted to hire one full-time officer and advertise for the hiring of two more.
The police department, which has four officers and needs a clerk, is under investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Office of the State Inspector General.
Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. said Wednesday night that Sheriff Jeff Wiley told him the investigation is nearly finished. The mayor said he thinks the investigation will reveal "minor infractions" if anything.
Last month, the council fired Officer Cory R. Prine after he admitted to violating the departmental policy concerning the use of stun guns, and Assistant Police Chief Billy Ballard was fired for allegedly violating an undisclosed departmental policy.