Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the findings of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report into the Louisiana State Police:

“I have welcomed this investigation from the beginning and instructed the Louisiana State Police to fully cooperate.  The Legislative Auditor's report uncovered some troubling findings and serious problems with past abuses of power from its previous leader who left his post in March.   I believe that public servants must always hold themselves to the highest ethical standards.  That being said, our men and women of the State Police are honorable public servants who do a tremendous job protecting the citizens of Louisiana, often under very dangerous circumstances.  Through the leadership of Col. Kevin Reeves, who took the helm of this department in March of this year, the department has already taken significant steps to restore public trust and accountability.  Col. Reeves is one of the finest individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and I am confident that he is already leading the State Police in a new, positive direction.”