Police nab suspects, along with possible drugs

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –   After chasing a vehicle for about 8 city blocks, Cpl. Freddy Clinton with the Shreveport police department puts the cuffs on two suspects.

We started from the 4300 block of Ledbetter, and we ended up over here in the 1900block of Midway down through the residential area, careless, reckless operation of a motor vehicle," said Clinton.

Clinton and Officer Tina Morris first noticed the vehicle while doing what's called directed patrol - a proactive way of policing and stopping crime as it happens.

"Came up on Hattie Perry Park, 4400 block of Ledbetter, noticed the white vehicle backed up to the building," said Clinton.

Concerned that a burglary might be taking place, Clinton and Morris approached - but the car took off, and reportedly almost hit Morris.

"My concentration was on the safety of the officer, and getting that vehicle," said Clinton.

And he did get the vehicle.

Clinton says he also got drugs, and cleared several warrants.

"And the young man driving the vehicle is going to jail for possession of schedule one," said Clinton.

Police credit the directed patrol for these arrests.

"Very proactive," said Jim Taliaferro with the Shreveport Police Department.

Officers roam the streets, literally looking for trouble.

"Like doing grid searches and so forth, in hopes of nabbing criminals in progress," said Taliaferro.

"I asked him why did he run, his comments was that he was afraid, afraid of what? He didn't know," said Clinton.

Directed patrol is a general term that describes several programs in place right now, like operation I.M.P.A.C.T., which stands for Intelligence-Led, Multi-Pronged Assault on Crime Trends.

It's an aggressive and collaborative effort that started back in July, and police are already touting it's success.

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