Col. Edmonson releases updated statement in response to investigation into travel expenses

(WAFB) - Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson has issued an updated statement in regards to the alleged trip to Las Vegas his troopers took last year.

The statement can be read below:

The preliminary inquiry has been completed regarding the four officers who traveled to San Diego via Las Vegas in conjunction with their attendance at an international police conference. I am told that there is sufficient cause and evidence to refer the matter to Internal Affairs for a full and thorough investigation. The case will be assigned to an Internal Affairs investigator and continue to be supervised by Major Flinchum. I have informed the governor's office of the preliminary findings and my intentions to pursue the administrative investigation. It will commence immediately.

In response to Governor John Bel Edwards calling for an investigation into LSP's travel expenses, Col. Edmonson issued an initial statement earlier this week.

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 original 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:

Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.