Sportran announced a partnership with Caddo and Bossier Crime Stoppers' organizations Tuesday morning at a news conference at the downtown Sportran Terminal.
Citizens soon will be seeing new signs inside more than 50 buses, encouraging them to keep an eye out for crime.
The goal of Sportran employees and management is the promotion of the safety and security of Shreveport and Bossier City citizens, according to a Sportran news release.
"Safety and security is not just the concern of law enforcement. We all have a stake in keeping our communities safe. Sportran is proud to work alongside great organizations like Caddo-Bossier Crime Stoppers and the Shreveport and Bossier City police departments to ensure the safety of all our citizens," said Sportran General Manager Dinero Washington.
Through the Caddo-Bossier Crime Stoppers "Grab a Cell and Tell" program, citizens can provide information and crime tips within the area and in doing so would be eligible for cash rewards if those tips lead to an arrest. Sportran is helping promote this program by placing signs on all public transit vehicles to help raise awareness about getting involved without using their names.
"It really is just a matter of who sees it who knows something. Obviously if you see the sign, you don't know anything, you're not going to call," says Caddo Crime Stoppers' Coordinator Sgt. Jim Taliaferro. "But it always gives us an opportunity to reach out and give people another vehicle, no pun intended, another vehicle to give us a call because, basically, we want people to feel safe with the information they give us."
Bossier Crime Stoppers President Beau Miguez says the forging of partnerships like this makes the community stronger and unified in protecting each other from criminal behavior.
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