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Bat infestation forces relocation of employees at SPD headquarters

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The patrol desk entrance to the Shreveport Police Department (Source: shreveportla.gov) The patrol desk entrance to the Shreveport Police Department (Source: shreveportla.gov)
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport police confirmed Tuesday that the department is dealing with a bat infestation that poses potential health risks to employees. 

According to a statement released by SPD on Tuesday, a citizen reported an unusual accumulation of debris at the base of one of the walls where a public meeting was being held. A pest control vendor was called to check the area and reported a probable bat infestation in the walls.  

"Employees later began noticing an unusual odor emanating through the top floor of the building.  After several unsuccessful attempts to locate the source of the odors, Chief Shaw authorized an environmental vendor to check the top floor of the building to make sure there was nothing which would adversely impact the health of employees.

The Department received a letter today, indicating an infestation of this type could be creating the offensive odors and constant exposure may present a health risk to employees.  All of the employees from that area were immediately removed and told to report to an offsite location beginning tomorrow morning."

The statement says that it is too early to know the extent of the problem, exactly what type of remediation will be required or how long the employees will be displaced.  

Police and SPAR officials will be meeting on Wednesday to determine what additional steps need to be taken.  Chief Shaw is working with SPAR Director Shelly Ragle to discuss alternative work locations until the situation is resolved and the employees can return to the building.  

The statement released Tuesday ends by saying, "The Shreveport Police Department recognizes our employees are our most valuable resources.  These men and women do a tremendous job protecting the citizens of Shreveport and we will do everything in our power to ensure they have a healthy work environment in which to do those things we call upon them to do."

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