- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

TICKFAW, La. (AP) - After serving as Tickfaw’s police chief for six months, Frank DiBenedetto feels the department is moving in the right direction.

For years, DiBenedetto tells The Daily Star (https://bit.ly/1SwWXaS) the Tickfaw Police Department was plagued with a poor image of being a “speed trap” and focused on writing tickets, he said.

In January DiBenedetto took over for longtime Chief Jimmy Sparacello. DiBenedetto was unopposed in the November election.

Over the past year, the police station was torn down because of poor condition. At present, the department is operating out of a converted mobile home behind Tickfaw City Hall. DiBenedetto said the village is working to secure a grant to build a new 2,400-square-foot office.

He says the new station would have at least one holding cell, which would help officers.

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Information from: The Daily Star, https://www.hammondstar.com

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