May 21, 2012 9:38 AM by AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Thibodaux Police Department will soon begin using the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office review board to look into incidents in which police use force against civilians or are involved in accidents.
The Courier reports that the Lafourche sheriff's review board is made up of civilians, officers and a Louisiana State Police trooper who will determine whether the officer involved was in the wrong.
Thibodaux Internal Affairs head Ricky Ross will chair the review board when it examines Thibodaux incidents. He currently has plans for reviews of two cases. One case involves an officer reported to have used a Taser or pepper-spraying device on a civilian, and another involves an officer hitting a sign with a police car.
The board, which meets quarterly, will hold its first meeting with Thibodaux police May 31.
When the board meets to hear a case, the chairman presents a report to the board, which can ask questions and review the report. Then they vote on whether the officer was at fault, and to determine the level of fault: simple fault, the most minimal; negligent fault; or reckless fault, the harshest level.
The police chief then determines the level of punishment required, Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii said. In any case where an officer is at fault, the officer will receive training specific to the subject in which he or she erred.
Silverii said he contacted Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre about possibly teaming up with the board and Webre agreed.