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Brusly SRO fired regarding certifications

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After lengthy discussion, the Brusly Town Council voted Monday night to terminate the employment of well-known Brusly policeman and school resource officer, Gil Banta.

In a 4-1 vote, with only councilman Shane Andre voting against the recommendation, the council agreed to fire Banta – after explaining that it was not personal – based on his lack of basic and firearms Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certifications.

Interim Police Chief Richie Johnson said that Banta’s lack of POST certifications creates an issue, not only with the POST Council, but also with the town’s insurance carrier.

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Having a Blast

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Landon Simien, 5, sprays Alden Johnson, 11, of Port Allen, with cool water as Johnson runs away Monday afternoon at the Port Allen Splash Pad on N. Jefferson Ave.

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Former Brusly Chief under investigation again

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Former Brusly Chief of Police Jamie Whaley is under investigation, once again, by the state Inspector General’s office.

An investigation by the FBI and state Inspector General earlier this year, which ultimately led to his resignation from office, uncovered Whaley’s alleged theft of $1,120 in gasoline, which he used in his personal vehicle and boat.

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