DeQuincy Police using body cameras
By Chris Nix
When a DeQuincy Police Officer knocks on your door, or pulls you over in a traffic stop, beware of your behavior. These were some of the matters discussed at the DeQuincy City Council meeting Monday night.
DeQuincy’s patrol officers are now outfitted with body cameras. Incidents involving a police officer can be recorded, protecting the officer’s actions, but also holding them accountable. The police department will then be able to review the incident at a later time.
Police Chief Mike Suchanek said the cameras are a great asset to the department. They currently own six, and are hoping to add several more to their inventory over the next year. Each camera can store 32 megabytes of video. He also announced that Officer Casey Whitehead has been hired back on with the DeQuincy Police Department.
Reappointments and City Reports
Mayor Henagan has re-appointed department heads. Appointments are as follows: Police Chief Mike Sucanek, Fire Chief Johnny Copeland, City Clerk Pat Brummett, City Magistrate Cade Cole, City Attorney Doug Cox, and Eddy Dahlquist has been named as Superintendent of Public Works and Recreation Facilities.
The police department received 217 complaints, 92 citations, and 16 persons booked into jail for the month of December. A total of $14,439 was collected in fines and bonds.
The fire department reported one structure fire on Plum St., one stove fire, and two Acadian Ambulance assists for the month of December.
Eddy Dahlquist has announced that Deep South will be using natural gas as a fuel for some of their units, which they will purchase from the city.
Mayor Lawrence Henagan is expecting a news release in the near future about the re-opening of Phelps Correctional Center as a work release center.
He is also hopeful the city has found a building to house a DeQuincy branch for a Calcasieu Council On Aging Office. City Council Members Denise Maddox and Andrea Coleman will meet with CCOA Representative Jackie Green later this month to see if the building will meet their needs.
Mayor Lawrence Henagan said coordinators of the Martin Luther King parade, which will begin Jan. 19 at 9 a.m., have invited city officials and the police and fire departments to participate in the parade. Andrea Coleman invited everyone to the 10th Annual MLK Volleyball Tournament, which will follow the parade and MLK program.
Dorothy Egyabroad asked the council about the progress of the golf cart ordinance. The city has an ordinance in place, but is waiting on a state ordinance that will place designated golf cart crossings across Hwy. 12 and Hwy. 27, before the city can distribute golf cart permits to local citizens.
The council approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to purchase two digital message boards, with a state grant funding the project. These signs can be used by the city for announcements such as the Railroad Festival, road closures, city meetings, etc.
Advertisement for bids will soon be posted for oil, gas and mineral lease on four tracts of land at the DeQuincy Industrial Airport.