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May 30 10:16 AM

SPD addresses possible bat infestation posing health risks

The Shreveport Police Department has relocated several of its investigative functions immediately as a result of a possible bat infestation posing potential health risks to employees.

Last week, a citizen reported an unusual occurrence of debris at the base of one of the walls where a public meeting was being held.

A pest control vendor was called to check the area and reported a probable bat infestation in the walls.

Employees later began to notice an unusual odor emanating through the top floor of the building. After several unsuccessful attempts to located the source of the odors, Police Chief Willie Shaw authorized an environmental vendor to check the top floor of the building to make sure there was nothing that would adversely impact the health of the employees.

On Tuesday, the department received a letter indicating an infestation of this type could be creating the offensive odors, and constant exposure could present a health risk to employees. All of the employees from that area were immediately removed and told to report to an offsite location.

It is too early to know the extent of the problem, exactly what type of remediation will be required or how long the employees will be displaced.

Police met with Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation officials to determine what additional steps need to be taken.

Chief Shaw is working with SPAR Director Shelly Ragle to discuss alternate work locations until the situation is resolved and the employees can return to the building.

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