Commissioner Steven Jackson On Shootings: ‘We Can’t Go On Doing Nothing’ [VIDEO]
Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the recent uptick in violent crime in Shreveport, what he sees as potential solutions and whether he's made a decision about a mayoral run.
Jackson proposed using about a million dollars on ShotSpotter, described in a recent Washington Post article as "an acoustic surveillance technology that detects, locates and alerts on outdoor gunfire, primarily. We do that through a design of sensors that we deploy in coverage areas. These sensors are designed basically to ignore ambient noise, and trigger and time stamp impulsive noises, like booms or bangs."
Jackson says ShotSpotter would be "a piece of what I think should be a comprehensive strategy to either prevent, respond, or work in concert with local law enforcement to combat crime."
In their response to Shreveport's violent crime problem, the commissioner is also critical of Mayor Ollie Tyler and Police Chief Alan Crump, saying, "The mayor and the police chief...they don't want to do do anything that's anybody else's idea."