Shreveport Police Union Opposes Move to Sears Building
The Shreveport Police Officers Association is not in favor of using the old Sears building at Mall St. Vincent as headquarters for the Shreveport Police Department.
In a post on social media, the leadership of the SPOA says:
Did you know your local Shreveport leaders want to throw $27,000,000 of taxpayer money into a 50-year-old building? Public safety for our citizens and the officers of Shreveport are on the backburner for your council leaders. Help us today by OPPOSING the use of the old Sears building as a permanent relocation of the Shreveport Police Department!
The video says "Councilman Grayson Boucher intends to push the Shreveport police department from an 80-year-old building into a 50-year-old building." The post says this move will include spending 27 million dollars to renovate the old Sears property. The SPOA says SPD has never had a new building. This video says the police department has always been relegated to basements or hand-me-down buildings.
This video is also critical of the bond propositions that will be on the ballot in November:
With a 240 million dollar bond proposal, approximately 35 million dollars is allocated for law enforcement. How can you watch the crime reports each night and send this to the voters? When will the reality of crime and the lack of police funding come together for the elected leaders?
Check out the video posted by the SPOA:
The SPOA says they are against any plan that would move SPD to the old Sears building. "We do not want to see more than $27 million tax dollars spent on a 50 year old structure. Build a new facility for the police that will last for years and serve this city for decades."
Councilman Boucher tells KEEL News he wants to look at "every option available". He is not pushing anything at all. But he does wants to have plan in place before sending this out to the voters.
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