Emergency meeting scheduled to determine fate of Sorrento PD

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - An emergency meeting has been called Saturday morning to take a vote on the future of the Sorrento Police Department.

The liability insurance coverage for the Sorrento Police Department will end on November 19.

"Our law enforcement liability insurance on our vehicles has been canceled effective 12 a.m. on November 19," said Mayor Mike Lambert.

There is one insurance company willing to cover liability for the Sorrento PD. Mayor Mike Lambert says if they vote to approve the insurance company's quote, the insurance will not go into effect before the current insurance expires.

"If we cannot find a carrier by that deadline, we will not allow our officers to utilize the police units, allow officers to patrol or answer any calls of service in the town of Sorrento," Assistant Police Chief Ricky Smith explained.

The other item on the agenda is to vote to bring in the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to take over law enforcement in the City of Sorrento. This contract would be from now until December 31.

The Sheriff's proposal to the City of Sorrento will cost them about $37,000 per month, which is almost double what it currently costs the police department to operate. Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot says it currently costs him about $19,000 per month.

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