SHREVEPORT, La — Extra patrol officers, a crackdown on teen curfew, and trying to find unlawful weapons. These are among the strategies Shreveport police will use below substitute police chief Wayne Smith, as town grapples with lethal gun crime.
Smith introduced plans to assault the troubling development at a information convention with Mayor Adrian Perkins.
Smith says that starting September 19, SPD personnel, akin to investigators or others who might primarily work behind a desk, will spend a part of their week on patrol.
As for getting folks illegally possessing weapons off the streets, Smith indicated that may very well be carried out via DWI or drivers license checkpoints.
“No matter methodology we take, you possibly can relaxation assured shall be absolutely in compliance with the legal guidelines to not violate anyone’s constitutional rights,” Smith mentioned.
Earlier within the afternoon at a public security committee assembly, Smith mentioned extra crime preventing plans with members of town council. He mentioned he is bringing again CRU’s — neighborhood response items — to struggle crime. Ben Raymond, who was not too long ago moved as chief by Mayor Perkins, disbanded CRU’s as a method of getting extra officers on patrol.
Smith additionally says to count on extra enforcement of town’s juvenile curfew regulation.
“There’s going to be a robust effort to extend that effort and get juveniles and weapons off the road,” he mentioned.
Below town’s juvenile curfew regulation, these below age 17 can’t be outdoors after 10 p.m. Sunday via Thursday, or after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Clay Walker, director of Caddo Parish juvenile court docket providers, mentioned that Shreveport has solely averaged 15 to 18 curfew citations a yr.
Mayor Perkins decried the gun deaths of six kids, age 17 or youthful, this yr within the metropolis.
“My phrases sadly can’t cease a bullet, can’t deliver again folks’s family members. However our collective efforts as authorities and because the residents that make up Shreveport, we are able to make our neighborhood safer and we are able to save lives,” Perkins mentioned.
The mayor additionally introduced that $13 million of town’s preliminary American Rescue Plan funds shall be devoted to first responders. He mentioned a lot of it should go to pay raises in order that town can recruit and retain cops and firefighters.