OUR TURN: LSP Controversies

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's reassuring, in an odd way, to hear the leader of the Louisiana State Police force acknowledge that his department is facing what he said were its "darkest days."

Col. Kevin Reeves took over the department in March in the wake of criticism that forced the agency's longest-serving superintendent to retire. Since then, questions about Mike Edmonson's leadership have continued to grow as an audit has revealed questionable perks and spending practices.

That bad news was compounded by Lee Zurik's investigation that caught state troopers claiming overtime for hours they did not work. One of the troopers managed to rack up $147,000 in overtime last year.

Col. Reeves is a 27-year veteran of the department and he is defending his team, saying that these controversies are the result of a few bad apples. We hope he's right about that, but as he works to dig his way out of this mess, we also hope he'll remember the words Ronald Reagan made famous, "Trust, but verify."

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