Shreveport, LA(KSLA)- The first two months of Chief Willie Shaw's neighborhood community policing initiative Operation I.M.P.A.C.T. as known as Intelligence-led, Multi-Pronged Assault on Crime Trends, are in the books and the results have been a total success and has surpassed all initial expectations.
Operation I.M.P.A.C.T. started in early July, just after Chief Shaw was named by Mayor Cedric B. Glover as Shreveport's top cop. According to a press release by the Shreveport Fire Department, the 24/7 initiative commenced with a covert phase where undercover officers conducted surveillance and gathered intelligence in the target area.
The next phase of the operation consisted of a sustained, aggressive, collaborative enforcement effort targeting problems based on citizen complaints and information collected in the first phase.
Operation I.M.P.A.C.T. has resulted in over 160 felony arrests, 290 misdemeanor arrests and seized over two pounds of marijuana, almost 40 grams of cocaine and nine illegally possessed firearms. Officers have recovered stolen property including computer equipment, televisions, guns, and cars.
Chief Shaw was very pleased with the outcome of the operation.
"These numbers are impressive, but it is important to remember that Operation I.M.P.A.C.T. is not about numbers- it's about people. Operation I.M.P.A.C.T. is about law enforcement officers from several different jurisdictions working hand in hand with people who live in this city to send a strong message that crime has no place in our communities. The men and women who proudly wear the badge of the Shreveport Police Department believe strongly in the philosophy of community oriented policing and they are out there on the front lines making the arrests and taking illegal weapons off the street," said Chief Shaw commenting on the accomplishments.
According to Shreveport Police Department, crimes statistics show that through the third quarter of the year, violent crime is down 18% in Shreveport and property crimes are down 13%. Almost every crime category is down with the exception of thefts from auto which have risen 3% when compared to the same time period last year.