Col. Edmonson issues statement in response to investigation into travel expenses

Col. Edmonson issues statement in response to investigation into travel expenses

(WAFB) - In response to Governor John Bel Edwards calling for an investigation into Louisiana State Police's travel expenses, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson has issued a statement.

The trip in question was part of a conference where Col. Edmonson was being honored that troopers traveled to, where they reportedly took a 350-mile detour to a resort in Las Vegas. Col. Edmonson says he'll get those troopers to pay the taxpayers back for that and for any other times where the troopers may have lied on their time sheets during the trip. The colonel also says he's reassigned one trooper while others investigate the situation.

The full statement from Edmonson can be read below:

After learning last week of the fact that agency representatives traveling to a conference in San Diego claimed overtime and traveled through Las Vegas, I immediately began a review of the circumstances surrounding the trip. In response, I've directed the following steps be taken by the department:

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