stepping stone or officers who should not be in public service, Arnaudville Police Chief Richard Mizzi said.
"I've gotten rid of many corrupt officers.
Nobody wants them, and if they do want them, and then when they do take them, they find out they're bad when they show up in the newspaper," Mizzi
Police officers were accused of drug violations a few years ago, and another was investigated after he
shot a suspect in both legs after the suspect took the officer's taser and attempted to use it.
was later cleared of wrongdoing.
Not every department may have these stories, but most have less dramatic instances of small-town officers whose actions, or inactions, do not warrant arrest, but threaten the credibility of a police force and possibly put the public at risk.
"I had some officers before that I had to terminate that weren't doing their job, and I just can't sleep at night if officers aren't doing their job right," Mizzi
"You end up with people that you don't want in a police car," Mizzi
Starting salary for Mizzi's
officers is $9 an hour, compared to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
cannot offer them much, because he
has been there for 12 years and is paid $14 an hour.
Locals are hard to find, Mizzi
said, who added that the last local he
hired "didn't even stay for a few weeks."
A starting officer in Arnaudville, for instance, is paid $9.15 an hour and Chief Richard Mizzi said his officers also have to pay much of their own health and retirement benefits.
"I have lost many officers over the years to departments with better salaries and benefits.
A family man can't work here," Mizzi