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Dec 31, 2012 10:12 AM by AP

Sorrento hires 2 new police officers

SORRENTO, La. (AP) - The shorthanded Sorrento Police Department will get some much-needed help soon.

The Town Council unanimously approved during a special meeting Friday the hiring of two new police officers.

James Bell, who Police Chief Earl Theriot said had worked previously for the Scott Police Department, and former Lutcher police Officer Lyndell Augillard both were hired to join the Sorrento Police Department.

The new additions give Theriot six full-time officers, though two of them recently have missed work due to illness and hospitalization.

In August, the council fired former Assistant Police Chief Billy Ballard following an internal investigation, and another officer, Cory Prine, was dismissed after violating the department's policy for using Taser stun guns.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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