‘Cruising’ Operation Planned For This Weekend
Officers with the Shreveport Police Department will once again be out on the streets this weekend to proactively address “cruising” issues throughout the city, keeping a sharp eye out for firearms violations. “Cruising”, as it is commonly referred to, entails offenders driving slowly up and down our city streets, often stopping in the roadways blocking access to neighborhoods and businesses. In addition to complaints regarding traffic congestion, officers frequently receive other reports from concerned citizens regarding tangential criminal activity in conjunction with “cruising”, such as loud music, fighting, and gun shots being fired.
Over the past several weeks, officers have gathered intelligence regarding “cruisers” bringing firearms into city parks, an act that is clearly prohibited by city ordinance. With this in mind, officers will be vigilant in enforcing the law that states, in part, “No person shall bring or have in his possession any firearm, weapon, explosive or properties having such character into any park.”
Police Chief Willie Shaw urged compliance, saying, “We don’t want to have to take anyone to jail, but we have an obligation to keep our parks safe and if you make a conscious decision to bring a firearm into a city park contrary to city ordinance, you will be arrested.”