Shreveport Council Pushes Emergency Measure to Fight Crime
In light of 2 murders in Shreveport since the beginning of the year, city leaders are looking for ways to take steps to fight crime. A 4-year-old was also wounded in a shooting over the weekend in north Shreveport.
The Shreveport City Council is considering hiring an outside contractor to get more cameras installed throughout the city. Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor says the money has already been allocated for these cameras and we need to move quickly to get these cameras installed. She says it "is very heartbreaking when you have to go to a scene where a 4-year-old who is an innocent bystander is shot." Taylor says "we need to get this done."
Deputy Police Chief Antwoine White says the cameras are an invaluable tool and this will greatly assist us in fighting crime. He says "we are more than 120 officers short so we have to think outside the box and we have to utilize technology to make sure we provide the best services possible to our citizens."
Mayor Tom Arceneaux says “the Mayor’s office will continue to monitor SPD’s investigation about these incidents, and the Mayor will meet with SPD leadership to determine more assertive steps to get guns off the street. SPD seized over 1200 illegally possessed firearms in 2022. Increasing that number in 2023 hopefully will contribute to reducing incidents like the ones on Saturday, making our City safer."
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