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New Iberia City Council kick starts police department

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New Iberia, La - 
In nine months, New Iberia's new police department will begin operations.

However, the city is moving money from other funds to build the new department's foundation.

"You get your crime under control, you fix your reputation, you begin to attract new businesses. Once your quality of life picks up then you can succeed in attracting, keeping your residents, and attracting new residents," explained New Iberia Mayor, Freddie DeCourt 

And, that's why Mayor DeCourt is moving $200,000 dollars from the city's disaster relief fund to help kick start the New Iberia Police Department.
Those funds will help pay for administrative staff to write policy manuals and create blueprints for training new officers.
     
"I can't wait until February 1st to bring on my staff. We are beginning a police department from scratch. When you wrap your mind around all the issues, and all the things we have to do, it's months and months of work," explained Mayor DeCourt 

In February, the city will be able to borrow two million dollars in bonds.
In April, the city will start getting tax money dedicated to the police department.

City officials say twenty people so far have applied to become New Iberia's new police chief.
The council hopes to name a chief by the end of next month.

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