Police officers work every day to keep our cities safe. The 2012 homicide numbers are in for the City of Shreveport. Homicide numbers for 2012 are exactly the same as they were in 2011. Both 2011 and 2012 show 20 homicides for Shreveport.
We have to remember that each of these numbers was a person: a father, a son, a mother, a daughter. These stats are important because they show the police department where they should place their manpower and how to address emerging crime patterns. Shreveport police has charts that show a definite drop in the numbers throughout the years. The early 90's had the highest number of homicides in Shreveport, with 86 in 1993. KSLA News 12 spoke with Shreveport police who say they can't point out any one thing to explain the drop in homicides. Since the early 90's they have added around 150 officers to their force and strengthened their ties with other law enforcement agencies. "It's down dramatically from where we were less than 2 decades ago, and I think that if you look at other similar sized cities in our region, cities like Little Rock, Arkansas, Jackson, Mississippi, Baton Rouge, you'll see that we are way below where they are at on homicide numbers. It's that collaborative effort, that community oriented spirit that we believe is responsible for that" Bill Goodin, Shreveport Police Department's PIO, says.
Bossier City is known for having a low crime rate. Bossier City had 3 homicides last year, in 2012. That number is down from 2011, when they had 9. We spoke with their police department who said the large gap is because in 2011 they say that unusually high number of 9 homicides. That is because, in 2011, there was a triple-homicide and 2 murder-suicides. Bossier City police say those are unusual incidences for the area.
"We think the police department does a good job of keeping the overall crime rate down. I've seen a consecutive drop in the past several years in the overall crime rate so we figure if you keep your overall crime numbers down, the homicide rate is going to follow" Mark Natale, Bossier City Police Department's PIO, says. The police department says they have a strong presence in the city and a good relationship with the community. They say that relationship plays a large role in preventing and solving crimes.
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