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Residents urge new police chief to interact with the community

G-Styles Barber & Beauty Salon in Shreveport. (Source: KSLA News 12) G-Styles Barber & Beauty Salon in Shreveport. (Source: KSLA News 12)
CADDO-SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

What do Shreveport residents want in a police chief? 

There are plenty of issues like getting drugs off the streets and putting more patrol officers in areas that have higher crime rates, they say. 

It seems one thing the community and its new police chief agree on: They will have to do it together.

Residents say a hands-on police chief is what the community needs.

"I would like to see them interact with the community more often and get the views from the public on what needs to be done in the community," said Handy Giles, of G-Styles Barber & Beauty Salon.

"I think he should have a meeting. Get everyone together to see how everyone feels and make a better place for everybody," Shreveporter Debra Hudson said.

Harvey Clay agrees. He thinks the new police chief has to get out in the community and understand some of the things that make people commit crime, like poverty or lack of education. 

"There are issues that create crime. When people don't find a way to make a living, they find a way to get a living," he said. "They take it from other people. 

"Some of it is desperation. So those other components that he or she doesn't even create, create the problems when it comes to policing."

It's a need the new police chief recognizes.

Crump said his vision is one of a community-oriented police department. 

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