First ‘Taking it to the Streets’ crime prevention event kicks off

Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 4:17 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Caddo Parish leaders are “taking it to the streets” with a new crime prevention program.

It’s designed to promote fitness and reduce crime rates among young people.

Thursday night (July 21) kicks off the first event at Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport. The Taking it to the Streets program will feature obstacle courses, bounce houses, sports, dance contests, and more. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Law enforcement officials will be on-site for all events to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time.

Parks leaders said they want to provide fun events and games in areas they call “play deserts,” in hopes to get kids in shape and away from crime.

“We want to pop up for two hours, give them some fun, different activities. As you can see, we have a bounce house, the face painting. We just want to make it fun for them for two hours and this is like I said going into areas there’s no playground areas that they can easily walk to,” said Mary Murphy with Caddo Parks and Recreation.

Tonight’s event was the first of seven the organizations plans to host.

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