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Delayed response to Turkey Creek crash sparks concern

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Posted at 11:06 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 00:25:06-05

TURKEY CREEK — Some who live in the Village of Turkey Creek are concerned with what they believe to be a lack of patrols from the police department.

Although the village's population is about 500 people, they say enough isn't being done to protect them.

About two weeks ago, there was a two-vehicle crash on Highway 167. No one was injured, but witnesses say there was a delayed response from police.

"I was standing in my front yard, so I come up to see what was going on. It's four hours before anyone got here," explained Terry King. "That's not the way it's supposed to work."

King has lived in Turkey Creek his whole life and says the lack of patrols isn't new.

"They're never here when something happens. We have people doing things that's not kosher to what the local people want: drugs and things being trafficked in and out," said King.

The department is made up of five officers, including the chief. All officers work part-time. As of Tuesday evening, no one was at the department.

Mayor Phillip Cavins says they receive assistance from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office when their officers are off duty.

"There's always excuses. That ain't the way it goes," said King. "We got to have concentration on getting our problems taken care of. If the people here can't do it, we're gonna change them."

King is hoping the village will listen to their concerns and take action.