- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The Port Allen City Council is looking at funding a special response team within the police department.

Councilman Garry Hubble tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/29uVi8A) that team would consist of four officers trained in specialized response protocols - something that is lacking now.

The city council will decide next week if it will amend its budget to allocate between $12,000 to $13,000 to pay for the specialized training and equipment to outfit the four Port Allen police officers suggested for the team.

Detective Alaric Celestaine, who will serve as leader of the quick response team, called attention to the increase in mass violence across the nation, saying that the average response time for West Baton Rouge Parish’s critical response team is estimated at 20 to 30 minutes.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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