BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Plans for a downtown Baton Rouge police precinct is being bogged down by a lack of manpower, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report.
BRPD chief Carl Dabadie told Downtown Development District officials that he still wants a 24/7 office downtown, but 53 departures and only 40 hires to the BRPD have slowed those plans.
Dabadie hopes to alleviate that issue with a class of 16 POST certified officers who will begin training next week.
"Downtown is growing tremendously as you know. Probably the biggest aspect of downtown growing has been the nightlife on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights," Dabadie said. "That has become not an issue for us, but something that we want to keep in control."
The Business Report says space in the basement of City Hall, formerly occupied by the Clerk of Court, is being renovated to be the new downtown precinct. The department will also keep the bicycle patrol office on Third Street.