SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump addressed a group of city councilmen and other city officials reiterating the claim that crime in the city is down.
He spoke at a Public Safety Meeting spearheaded by Shreveport City councilman James Flurry Monday.
In the meeting, Crump chief crump provided this year's crime statistics dating until July. He said the violent crime index including homicide, aggravated assault, rape, and batteries were down 14 percent.
By the end of July of last year, the Shreveport Police Department recorded 33 homicides, and five were justified. By the end of July of this year, the number was at 28.
Chief Crump also added that property crime, such as burglary, and auto thefts were down 7 percent.
The meeting came just days after a 36-year-old woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Shreveport, renewing concerns about what was being done to combat crime in the city.
"We need to know what's going on with the city's police department. We spend over a $470 Million budget for public safety, that's fire and police and so we need to go whats going on and how they're progressing on the crime stats," said Flurry.
Crump responded by saying it's up to residents to play a part in making their city's safer, mentioning that he believes many of the crimes are related.
"If we are having community meetings and only 15 people show up. There are more than 15 or 20 people that live in that community. But for whatever reason, if you choose not to show up I don't know how that can be translated to being our fault too," Crump said. "If somebody is shot last night its more than likely that they know who did that and some of them are retaliatory."
Authorities have not arrested a suspect in connection with the weekend's shooting.
They are urging anyone with any information about the case to contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers by calling (318) 673-7373, visiting the organization's website, lockemup.org, or using the P3Tips app.