The Investigators: Law enforcement costs following Alton Sterling shooting continue to rise

The Investigators: Law enforcement costs following Alton Sterling shooting continue to rise

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After several protests in the Capital City since the death of Alton Sterling, overtime hours for law enforcement have been piling up.

The 9News Investigators have reviewed hundreds of pages of Baton Rouge Police special activity logs for the first few days after Sterling was killed on July 5.

On Wednesday, July 27, Baton Rouge city-parish officials revealed that $1.45 million was paid out for overtime, including retirement and benefits cost, during the pay period through July 2 through July 15. Overtime pay for BRPD can range between $28 and $44 per hour, according to a city official.

"We had officers working around the clock. We had officers on 12-our shifts. Some officers were working 15-16 hour shifts a day," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD.

In the two-week period, the hundreds of Baton Rouge police officers who worked clocked 27,647 hours of overtime.

"Mind you, that also included the July 4th holiday weekend. We had officers working overtime the weekend before the 4th, we had officers working overtime on the actual 4th so that was something that was scheduled." McKneely explained.

Officials with Louisiana State Police reported on July 26 that its employees received $2.1 million in relation to protest detail during the pay period from July 4 through July 17. That figure includes salary as well as overtime and benefits.

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The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said its deputies do not get overtime, but instead only receive days off.

On July 29, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported that deputies worked around 2,340 hours to help support BRPD and EBRSO, costing a total of $89,121.

On August 5, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported that its agency worked around 5,326 hours of overtime during July 6 through July 11 to help BRPD with protests. Those overtime hours ended up amounting to $177,757.21.

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