Shreveport council urges mayor to ask sheriff to help police city

Published: Jun. 13, 2017 at 6:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2017 at 7:07 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport City Council members Tuesday urged Mayor Ollie Tyler to ask the Caddo sheriff's to help patrol the city's streets.

The vote on the proposal by Councilman Willie Bradford was 6 to 1. The language of the resolution was amended to replace "authorizing" with "urging" after debate from council members over the language.

Bradford described crime in Shreveport as a crisis as he presented his resolution to fellow council members during their work session Monday.

Tyler said during that meeting that she, Police Chief Alan Crump and his officers already work with the Sheriff's Office and that the City Council should not be trying to legislate municipal operations.

Following the vote Tuesday, Tyler said she will continue to reach out to Sheriff Prator and federal law enforcement agencies.

"I know that we need more help. I know that we need to unite more. And we have been reaching for that help not just here at the local level," said Mayor Tyler.

Following the meeting, Tyler and Police Chief Alan Crump defended the city's crime fighting efforts.

"To be perfectly honest with you, I think it is probably an indication toward me, that I'm an insufficient police chief. But I disagree with that and I think we've been quite effective," said Crump.

"Our officers are doing a very effective job. They are working day and night. They are trying to keep our citizens safe," he continued.

Chief Crump and Mayor Tyler say one of the biggest issues they often times face is repeat offenders who are let back out onto the streets by the justice system.

Crump also notes that the police department has more officers than 10 years ago.

What do residents think about Bradford's proposal and the city's crime-fighting efforts?

Some agree with Bradford.

Queensborough neighborhood resident Dequita Douglas likes the idea of sheriff's deputies helping patrol the city.

"I feel like they are part of the city, so they need to be out and hands on as well."

She too thinks that crime is becoming a major issue in Shreveport.

"Crimes happening every day. I just feel like it's out of control."

Sredni Autrey also likes Bradford's idea but wants to ensure that the two law enforcement agencies would be able to agree on strategy.

Even then, he said, he doesn't think it would totally stop crime.

"When people get ready to do what they are gonna do, they are gonna do it. I don't care if there's a thousand police officers on that street."

MLK neighborhood resident Gary Blow thinks more police on the streets would be good, but citizens also need to do their part.

"It's community first. It starts at home. The parents, the churches. If they stick together, it might be a better community to stay at."

Some residents are bit more optimistic.

Cherokee Park resident Patricia Houston thinks crime in Shreveport is not as bad as it used to be.

"It's getting better to me, better this year than what it was last year."

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