St. Landry

Feb 12, 2014 11:33 PM by Erin Steuber

Opelousas Alderman Reject Police Overtime Request

The Opelousas Police Department is regrouping after the Board of Alderman denied the Chief's overtime request last night. Chief Perry Gallow went before the board asking for $25,000 to pay officers who are working to control drug activity in the city. But, simply put, there wasn't enough support. One alderman moved to support the chief's request, but the motion died because of lack of a second.

Within the first 28 days of the year, Opelousas had three murders on the books.

"More with less has been done for a number of years, but three homicides in 28 days is not something anyone could prepare for," said Gallow.

Gallow says those murders were all drug related, and he in turn put more officers on the streets, for longer hours, to help control the problem.

"If you care about your city, if you care about your constituents and the neighborhoods you represent, then do something about it. Support law enforcement to get this under control. Make sure no other mother, or father, has to burry a child as it relates to drug activity," said Gallow.

Within the last 10 days, Gallow says the team's work speaks for itself. They made ten arrest, confiscated marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth, 4 guns, cash and a vehicle.

The Chief says the $25,000 he requested would only go to paying the overtime hours of the officers working the streets.

"To not be able to get a second when it comes to public safety, I am extremely disappointed in the action of the council. (The council needs) to understand that this is a necessity."

We did attempt to reach the alderman for comment, but no one was available. Gallow says the officers will be paid their overtime with money from the current budget, but he says that means he will be back in front of the board to ask for reimbursement.

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