Shreveport officials expected to announced three-pronged approach to fighting crime in the city
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Mayor Adrian Perkins is expected to make an announcement at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 following a meeting of the Public Safety Committee at 1 p.m.
The announcement is set to focus on a three-pronged approach to crime.
The plan would focus on the following:
- Adopting a “No Tolerance Policy” when it comes to violating the juvenile curfew. The city’s curfew goes into effect at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday until 5 a.m. the next day.
- Setting up checkpoints to check for illegal guns. This will be similar to DWI checkpoints.
- Reorganizing the police department
KSLA News 12 has confirmed with four separate sources that Perkins is expected to announce 40 vacant positions within the Shreveport Police Department will be cut, and the money will be used to give raises to other officers. However, the city says they are still discussing this aspect of the plan and that it has not been finalized.
Councilwoman LeVette Fuller introduced a similar resolution in 2020, but it failed. Her ordinance called for 49 fully funded vacancies to be used for salary increases.
Councilmen Grayson Boucher and John Nickelson, along with Fuller as a co-sponsor, later introduced an ordinance that only used 33 fully funded vacancies; it passed in December and gave other officers a 4% pay increase.
SPD currently has 123 vacancies; they will have 124 by the end of September, according to Shreveport Police Officer’s Association President Michael Carter.
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