- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DUSON, La. (AP) - Officials say Duson Police Chief Kip Judice has made major progress during his first six months on the job.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1OwaIo3) Duson hasn’t had any homicides or violent crimes in 2015. Seventeen violent crimes and two homicides took place in the small town in 2014.

Judice, who was elected by the town’s council in March, says he wanted to bring a higher level of professionalism. Judice’s predecessor, Frank Andrew, was voted out after being accused of drinking and gambling on the clock.

Duson Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux says the police department, which once had two officers on staff, now has three more.

Judice has worked to organize a full evidence room and clean up a backlog of felony arrest reports that weren’t submitted to the district attorney’s office.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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