Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about calls by Councilman James Green to declare his neighborhood, Council District F, an emergency area.

More information from a KEEL News story:

"James Green is urging his colleagues to declare a state of emergency in District F. He is calling on the Police Chief to "devise a plan with the City Marshall along with the Sheriff, federal authorities and state police to eliminate rampant crime in District F.

Green's District F includes police districts 7, 8 and most of 9."

The councilman's original proposal said, in part:

"WHEREAS, from January 2018 through June 2019, the Shreveport Police Department reports the following crime statistics for Police Districts 7, 8 and 9: nineteen homicides, 54 rapes, 121 persons robbed, 17 businesses robbed, 198 aggravated batteries, 233 aggravated assaults, 539 residential burglaries, 164 business burglaries, 4 purses snatched, 485 instances of shoplifting, 91 thefts from businesses and 526 thefts from residences, 207 automobiles accessories theft, 725 packages or other items taken from automobiles, 277 automobiles stolen and 381 reports of general theft.​"

At Tuesday's meeting, the city council passed a resolution asking for a greater police presence in District F, but removed the term "public emergency" from Green's original resolution.