SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A new initiative aims to get more guns and felons off Shreveport streets and reward those who report them.
Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump's "End the Silence, Stop the Violence" allows citizens to anonymously report people, particularly felons, who illegally possess a firearm.
"A felon in possession of a firearm gets to go back to prison for an additional 10 years so it's not about the sentencing. It's about getting the gun and the felon off the street," said said Jim Taliaferro, executive director of Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers.
"People know felons. They typically will hang around felons and they know if a felon is in possession of a firearm, most felons, most crooks, they've got to do some bragging. They've got to do some showing rights."
The tipster will be rewarded with $300 if their information leads to an arrest.
"This is a joint initiative by the Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers to get felons in possession of a firearm off the street," Taliaferro said.
SPD and Crime Stoppers rolled out the program Wednesday, putting up six different billboards in the Shreveport area offering the reward and showing the Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers tip line: (318) 673-7373.
"As you all know, a felon in possession of a firearm gets to go back to prison for an additional 10 years. So it's not about the sentencing; it's about getting the gun and the felon off the street," Taliaferro said.
"When we talk about ending the silence, then ultimately you'll end the violence," police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.