La. state trooper from Beauregard reaches termination settlement - FOX29 Lake Charles

Former state trooper resigns, state withdraws retirement filings

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(Source: Louisiana State Police) (Source: Louisiana State Police)

A former state trooper who was fired in March of 2016 after allegations surfaced of payroll fraud and neglect of duty, reached a settlement with the Louisiana State Police Commission during an appeal hearing on Thursday morning.

Under the terms of the settlement, state police will withdraw the letter of termination sent to Picou in March of 2016, and Picou agrees to resign from his position.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Ronald Picou, of Beauregard Parish, was fired last year after State Police received complaints that Picou was working second jobs, and taking naps, while he was supposed to be on duty - allegations that state police said a subsequent investigation confirmed. Click HERE for more.

One finding of the investigation conducted last year into allegations against Picou showed Picou's lack of documented work or enforcement activity when he was on duty, as well as computer messages to others talking about him taking naps while on duty.

 According to investigative records, three witnesses told investigators Picou said he took naps on duty. Two witnesses said they visited Picou at his home where Picou was not dressed in his uniform but carried his portable radio. The report said Picou told the witness when he would get a call, he'd get dressed and leave.  

The names of the witnesses have been redacted. 

Investigators also found 50 examples of days when Picou was on duty but documented no work. All that resulted in a finding he neglected his duty.

Other findings against Picou have to do with working second jobs with two companies - Clair Bois and TRP Construction - and that work was done while he was on the clock for state police. State police require approval for secondary employment.

Still, other findings have to do with Picou using profanity in messages on his work computer and making false statements to investigators.

All eight allegations are "sustained" which means investigators consider there to be enough evidence to prove a procedural or criminal violation.

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