BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A unique public-private partnership means more police protection for the Gardere area of Baton Rouge.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Mickey Parenton, the vice president and general manager of L'Auberge Baton Rouge cut the ribbon Wednesday morning on a new substation on the property of the casino.
"This generous partnership with L'Auberge allows us to put more deputies and protection in this area," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "The Gardere area accounts for more than 30 percent of all our calls each year, and having more units and personnel is a great help. We are grateful to L'Auberge for their ongoing commitment to the community."
The company is providing the facility rent-free. It will house 35 employees, including patrol deputies. Community leaders said this new partnership will strengthen the neighborhood.
"I hope it brings a sense of stability of peaceful collaboration where the children would feel safe and the residents would be pleased that now they have a real partner and working relationship," said Murelle Harrison, executive director of Gardere Initiative.
The existing Burbank substation near Gardere will become the traffic division for the sheriff's office.