State law limits search of new LSP superintendent
Posted on 3/21/2017 5:06:00 AM.

The head of State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson retires this week, but a state law narrows the search for his permanent replacement. A statute requires the next superintendent to be a commissioned State Police officer who graduated from the LSP academy. But President of the Metropolitan Crime Coalition Rafael Goyeneche says a nationwide search should be conducted.
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Gov Edwards looking for good communicator, leader to head LSP
Posted on 3/16/2017 4:58:00 AM.

During his monthly call-in radio show, Governor John Bel Edwards thanked State Police Col. Mike Edmonson for his more than three and a half decades of service. The governor accepted Edmonson’s retirement on Wednesday, effective March 24th. He says he and the Colonel have been talking about the issue for the past few days.
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LSP leader Col Mike Edmonson announces retirement amid controversy
Posted on 3/15/2017 1:02:00 PM.

After spending nine years as the leader of State Police, Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson announces his plans to retire March 24th. The agency has been the center of controversy regarding questionable travel by four state troopers. Edmonson says he loves his job, but stepping down brings a sense of normalcy to the department.
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Legislative Auditor launches investigation into LSP travel spending
Posted on 3/14/2017 10:26:00 AM.

The state Legislative Auditor’s Office launches an investigation into the travel spending of Louisiana State Police. The inquiry comes amid an ongoing investigation into the agency by the Governor’s Office. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera hopes this probe will lead to policy changes in the department.
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Former member of State Police Commission calls for Col. Edmonson's resignation
Posted on 3/1/2017 4:34:00 AM.

Another person is calling for State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to resign. Lloyd Grafton has recently resigned from the State Police Commission, and in his resignation letter to Governor John Bel Edwards, Grafton says Edmonson does whatever he chooses to do.
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LSP Col Mike Edmonson says Senator John Kennedy doesn't have the facts
Posted on 2/25/2017 11:59:00 AM.
Colonel Mike Edmonson has no plans to resign even though U.S. Senator John Kennedy is calling on the head of the LSP to step down as result of four troopers charging the state overtime and hotel expenses while taking a side trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Edmonson says Kennedy doesn't have the facts.
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Gov Edwards discusses investigation into LSP travel scandal
Posted on 2/23/2017 12:18:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards expressed a serious tone when asked about the travel scandal involving four members of the State Police who took side trips to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon while attending a law enforcement conference in San Diego. Edwards, who has already ordered a full investigation, says this incident shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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Governor orders full investigation into side trips by State Police troopers
Posted on 2/21/2017 1:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Governor John Bel Edwards orders a full investigation into trips made by State Police officers, amid a report 4 troopers took side excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon during a business trip on the taxpayer's dime. The Division of Administration's auditor will conduct the probe.
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Louisiana human trafficking reports in 2016 significantly increase over the prior year
Posted on 1/31/2017 12:12:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Case data has recently been released on the number of human trafficking reports received in Louisiana in 2016 and it shows a significant increase. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 104 cases of human trafficking were called in last year, compared to 75 in 2015.
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BR shootout leaves two dead, several injured
Posted on 11/28/2016 10:33:00 AM.

Two people are dead and several injured following a shootout in Baton Rouge. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says last night police responded to a shooting on Essen Lane. He says 48-year-old Terrell Walker allegedly shot his girlfriend, 30-year-old April Peck, multiple times while sitting in a car and then pushed her out of the vehicle.
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