New Crime Fighting Efforts Start in Shreveport
Shreveport is calling in help from other agencies to address violent crime in the community.
The city has created what's called a Violence Crimes Abatement Team. This effort is expected to begin this week. Chief Ben Raymond says the city will be installing cameras throughout the community and extra patrols will be hitting the streets.
Chief Raymond says this team “is going to consist of officers from the Shreveport Police Department, deputies from Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, State Troopers from Louisiana State Police, Police Officers from the Bossier City Police Department, and Federal Agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), working in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Caddo District Attorney’s Office.”
The primary goal is to go after criminals using guns to commit crimes.
So far this year, 41 people have been murdered in Shreveport.