Zurik: State Police suspend LACE program amid FOX 8 investigation

State of Unrest fallout

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police have suspended a ticket-writing agreement with many local parishes, pending an internal review.

The suspension and review result from a FOX 8 undercover investigative series, State of Unrest, which premieres in the New Orleans viewing area Wednesday night on FOX 8 News at 10.

We spent much of the summer and fall on an undercover surveillance investigation and brought our findings to LSP Superintendent Kevin Reeves. Col. Reeves was noticeably upset and immediately called for the suspension of the LACE detail program.

LACE is short for Local Agency Compensated Enforcement. If you've seen a state trooper near the Bonnet Carre Spillway or in New Orleans East, they're likely on a LACE shift.

Many local parishes throughout the state contract with State Police. They hire troopers to write tickets in those parishes on highways. The local government keeps the ticket money but reimburses LSP for trooper overtime and mileage.

Parishes participating in the program include St. Charles, St. John and Orleans parishes in the New Orleans metro, Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge and Calcasieu Parish at Lake Charles.

It's unclear how long the program will be suspended. But questions about some highly-paid police officers remain.

We'll begin laying out our findings in State of Unrest, Wednesday on FOX 8 News at 10.

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