It’s a non-vocal feud between officials when communication is essential. Timothy Villemarette, the Principal at Port Barre High School says they need a full time resource officer at the school but port barre police can’t afford the extra hand. That’s not to say they haven’t tried.
Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux has been trying to reach out to St. Landry Superintendent Patrick Jenkins since December and has yet to hear a response. He’s hearing the pleas of the Principal and asking the school board with some help for funding. Instead of a response, a press release was sent yesterday that hit Chief Bourdreax caught him off guard.
“It was a personal attack. As if to say, save face for himself.” says Police Chief Deon Boudreaux.
In a press release sent on Thursday, St. Landry Superintendent Patrick Jenkins thanks almost all Police Chiefs in St. Landry Parish for providing free of charge policing EXCEPT Port Barre.
“We get calls 3 or 4 times a week and we don’t send them a bill every time we go there we can’t charge a school for doing our job. The way his letter is written is insinuating that these other agencies are providing free police service and yet we’re trying to charge him, that’s the way I see it.” says Chief Boudreaux.
Police service isn’t free. It’s paid by you, the tax payers. “Euince police department city like Eunice good size city, they have several schools, they have zero resource officers, they don’t have anyone assigned to their schools, Sunset the same thing, Krotz Springs zero, Washington zero, Cankton zero, Leonville zero, Palemetto zero, Melville zero, serveral of these towns that he mentioned don’t even have towns that he mentioned don’t even have schools in their jurisdiction.” adds Chief Boudreaux.
After numerous requests for an on camera interview with the Superintendent, we showed up at the school board for answers. Jenkins respectfully declined. “We’ll be happy to provide a statement for you, a news release that I provided regarding the situation that’s going on in Port Barre if you would love to have that I’d be happy to provide that for you.”
Chief Boudreaux says the next step for him is to send superintendent Jenkins a certified letter, a request that he and some school board members come to the next Port Barre Town Hall meeting so that can all have this discussion and answer questions that have been asked, in a controlled environment.