BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana State Police has suspended a highway traffic enforcement program coordinated with local parishes amid questions about whether troopers were billing for hours they didn't work.
The Advocate reports that Col. Kevin Reeves, the state police superintendent, has ordered a full review of the program and has started a criminal investigation. Three troopers were placed on administrative leave after reviewing surveillance footage from WVUE-TV in New Orleans .
Maj. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, says the TV station's undercover footage appears to show the three troopers claiming extra-duty hours they never worked.
In the traffic program, local district attorneys contract with the state police and reimburse the agency for hours and mileage claimed by troopers working extra-duty shifts and writing speeding tickets in jurisdictions around the state.
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