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La. House panel takes up proposal that could mean 12-hour shifts for SPD patrol officers

Legislation filed by Seabaugh met with immediate pushback from Shreveport Police Officers Association
The patrol desk entrance to the Shreveport Police Department (Source: shreveportla.gov)
The patrol desk entrance to the Shreveport Police Department (Source: shreveportla.gov)
Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 10:59 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A proposal that could lead to 12-hour shifts for Shreveport police officers was reported favorably on a 10-0 vote Thursday, May 6 by a Louisiana House committee.

House Bill 121 was discussed Thursday by the Louisiana House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, of which District 4 state Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport, is a member. The legislation was prefiled March 15 by District 5 state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, then assigned to the committee April 12.

Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond has said that his department is short 100 officers. In an effort to combat the officer drain, HB 121 would let Raymond split his department’s patrol division into two platoons, giving him the option of moving patrol shifts to 12-hour workdays. The idea is to help fill holes in shifts created by the officer shortage and potentially cut down on increasing overtime costs, according to police sources.

A number of police officers have signed a petition opposing the legislation. Below is a copy of that petition. The officers’ names and badge numbers have been redacted:

And the proposal met with immediate pushback from the Shreveport Police Officers Association.

Michael Carter, SPOA president, penned the letter below to Seabaugh, asking the state representative to pull HB 121.

KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett has reached out to Seabaugh for comment on his proposal and is awaiting his response.

Below is the text of House Bill 121 followed by the legislative digest entry about the proposal:

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