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St. Landry Parish sheriff revokes police chief's commission; what it means for unincorporated areas

St. Landry Parish Sheriff
Posted at 10:07 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 00:25:34-04

We're hearing from Sheriff Bobby Guidroz about his decision to revoke a police chief's commission with his office.

The Cankton Police chief was given a courtesy commission by the St. Landry Sheriff to handle calls outside the village, on behalf of the sheriff's office but that commission was stripped following a complaint.

This means unincorporated areas of St. Landry Parish calls could be delayed.

St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says his decision to decommission Cankton Police Chief J. Brent Breaux followed a complaint over how the chief handled a call.

"We have a very high standard and we ask the deputies and we instruct them always be professional no matter how mad you get,” said Guidroz.

KATC spoke with Breaux on the phone Wednesday. He doesn't dispute "having words" with someone who called to complain about a neighbor.

Breaux calls the decision political and says people who live outside the village of Cankton could be impacted with one fewer officer able to handle calls.

"I hope that this experience that Chief Breaux had with the deputies and the complaint and I hope you learn something from it. I just can't say that I would commission him again. I can't say that right now that I would do that,” said Guidroz.

Although Breaux is no longer commissioned as a sheriff's deputy, he remains chief in the village of Cankton.

"It's resolved as far as I'm concerned, we're friends. I just have a different standard,” said Guidroz.

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