Shreveport Town Hall Meeting Tonight
Shreveport City Councilwoman LeVette Fuller is conducting a Town Hall meeting this evening at Caddo Magnet HS beginning at 5:30P. Several city & parish officials will be attending, including Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator. Sheriff Prator has outlined an 11 Point Plan to address crime in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, and the surrounding area. Here are some highlights from Sheriff Prator's plan.
Not surprisingly, he starts with law enforcement. "Law enforcement, of course, has a huge role to play. We must work longer hours and demand more of ourselves. We must collect more evidence and write better reports. We must understand most people support us but there are valid reasons some don’t. We need to be a positive presence in the community. We must be aggressive, yet compassionate. We must work together, and we must work smarter."
Sheriff Prator also calls on City and Parish officials, including the Mayor, the D.A. Shreveport City Council, and Caddo Parish Commission, among others. Here's what the Sheriff had to say:
Often violent criminals have a history of illegally possessing guns, but the charges were dismissed or reduced. This practice must stop. Illegally possessing guns must always be taken seriously with the understanding that it is a precursor to violence. Reducing violence on our streets must include aggressive prosecution and sentencing similar to the prosecution and sentencing in the federal courts. IV. The Mayor and the Shreveport City Council could more aggressively attack the conditions that encourage crime in our neighborhoods. enforcement with adequate funding and moral support. Hold law enforcement accountable for its behavior when bad but also recognize the good. City leaders can utilize their power as elected officials to help get state laws changed that will hold violent criminals and persons illegally possessing guns more accountable. They should research and consider any city ordinances that would restore order, peace, and a positive quality of life in Shreveport.
If you'd like to read the entire plan, here's the pdf