Rep. Norton announces launch of new crime prevention effort

Rep. Norton announces launch of new crime prevention effort
Local officials, law enforcement, business leaders and church leaders meet to launch a new crime prevention initiative. (Source: Christian Piekos)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Local officials, law enforcement, church leaders, business leaders and fraternity members gathered Wednesday morning to launch a new crime prevention initiative.

Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, made the announcement at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church. This comes days after a WalletHub report ranked Shreveport as one of the least safe cities in the country.

“We have to do something,” said Norton. “We’re not saying we’re going to stop it [deadly violence], but what we’re saying is, we’re going to tackle it.”

Some of the notable people standing next to Norton include Chief Ben Raymond, Shreveport police, as well as Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell.

“We’re going to bring a community organization together that will include everyone,” said Norton. “We want to hear what parents are going through, what their children are doing and maybe they can reach out and get some help.”

Norton said, through heavy community involvement, one of the main missions of her new initiative is to curtail retaliatory crimes across the city.

“Every single person will be asked to come to the table, let’s hear your thoughts,” Norton said. “We’ve never had a crime [prevention] organization that meets on a regular basis that get’s understanding from what’s going on in the community.”

The third term representative said she hopes to create community meetings this month or in early December.

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