Name Calling Happening in Shreveport Police Feud
Debate on the house floor is set for today on the bill dealing with police shifts in Shreveport.
The Shreveport Police Officers Association is turning its attention to State Representative Alan Seabaugh in its opposition to a bill that would let Shreveport move in the direction of 12 hour police shifts.
SPOA President Dr. Michael Carter tells KTBS Seabaugh's bill is "malicious" because officers are already "overburdened." In a letter the SPOA sent out, Carter writes that Seabaugh is "an elitist" who feels that officers "are subject to harsher working conditions."
Seabaugh filed the bill this session at the request of police chief Ben Raymond, The Chief tells KEEL News no decision has been made about moving to 12 hour shifts. He simply wants to have this available in his tool box as he looks for ways to deal with a shortage of offices. Shreveport is down by about 100 officers and that number is not improving. But the SPOA says 12 hour shifts will cause even more officers to leave the force.
Seabaugh says he has always had the backing of law enforcement and he always supports the police.
Seabaugh tells KTBS "I think the people of my district know my record. They know how I vote. And I think they know a charlatan when they see one. So they don't give him a whole lot of creedance,"
Debate over this bill (HB 121) is scheduled on the House Floor today (May 13).
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