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Mayo addresses Metro Narcotics issues

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe Police Department has been under the microscope since a recent internal survey showed very low morale and scathing review about Chief Quentin Holmes.

During his press briefing Monday, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo released news of the improvement plan and updated us on their involvement with Metro Narcotics.

It's been almost a month since Reggie Brown, Eugine Ellis and Scotty Sadler were pulled from Metro Narcotics because of allegations of racial discrimination from leaders at Metro against Brown and Ellis.

Mayor Mayo says it's his job to do what's in the best interest of his officers.

"That was the reason that I pulled not just Reggie Brown and I want to emphasize that it was more than just Reggie Brown. It was also officer Ellis that had allegations of discrimination and targeting," said Mayo.

We asked the mayor if we're going to see Monroe Police officers back on the unit that the department helped found several decades ago.

Mayo diverted the answer to Metro Narcotics.

"You have to pose that question to Metro Narcotics because I have offered to send some officers back over there," Mayo said. "So you would have to pose that question to them. The ball is in their court."

Mayo says in the wake of the allegations.   He doesn't have a problem with Metro Narcotics as an organization.

Mayo said, "we do think that Metro Narcotics is a viable organization. They do good things, because of the allegations that have been put forth. They need to be looked into period."

Meantime, working internally after scathing results of an internal survey, Mayo says city and union leaders are all working together to pull morale up and improve the department.

"The plan that will be presented will be a shared plan that will include input from myself, and my immediate staff, as well as the Police Chief, Chief Holmes, and also the union. We'll roll that out together and then we'll have benchmarks," Mayo said.

Mayor Mayo wouldn't tell us when details of the improvement plan are going to be released.   We're just told "very soon."

We had some questions for Chief Holmes about reassignments for the three former Metro Narcotics agents.   However, Holmes has not answered numerous requests for comment over the past week.

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