Shreveport council approves 56-point plan for downtown nightclubs

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Shreveport City Council has approved a 56-point plan to make downtown bars safer.

Shreveport City Council members and the police chief have worked on this plan for several months.

Some of the top points of the plan include security personnel at downtown nightclubs must now have training, but do not have to be licensed by the state of Louisiana. Security must be on hand once the club has 75 customers, and must add another security person for every extra 75 patrons.

Also, any downtown club that can accommodate 200 patrons or more must have working security cameras.

"I think this is going to be great for our citizens and those folks that visit our city that partake in our nightlife activities. We believe this will enhance the safety of those patrons that visit those establishments. And I think that last amendment that was adopted will also ensure that, not only inside those clubs, but also those stairwells that are used for entry and exit and the elevators are also monitored," said Shreveport Police Chief Henry Whitehorn.