ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of State Police, visited Alexandria Friday to show his gratitude to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.
Edmonson and Sheriff Earl Hilton agreed that from with the recent flooding in South Louisiana to the Baton Rouge shootings, Louisiana has been through a lot in recent months. The Sheriff's Office stepped up to serve as first responders to these situations as well as provide stability after the initial crises.
In light of Charlotte, Edmonson also commented on the civil unrest that took place in Baton Rouge in July. He praised Governor Edwards for proactively engaging the community at that time.
"We believe the public has a right to know,” said Edmonson. “We believe no matter what we do, the public has a right to know why we did it, and what we are going to do if we wasn't right. And I think we are very proactive about getting that message out. I watched the sheriff do it, I’ve done it and I know this governor does it."
Edmonson reminded citizens that the goal of law enforcement is to protect them and create safe communities.