SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Newly appointed Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith reported that homicide is down in first quarter of 2022 as compared to last year in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

“Today is a great day. This hasn’t been done in quite some time. When we have the opportunity to talk about our report card, our part one crime…how we’re effecting crime here in our city,” Chief Smith said during the 4 p.m. news conference Thursday afternoon.

During the first quarter of this Shreveport has had 15 homicides, a slew of shootings and other crimes. Chief Smith says out of the 15 homicides reported this year 11 are cleared by arrest.

There are warrants out for two others and the final two are in the district attorney’s office.

This means police know the suspects responsible for all 15 homicides which means that all of these cases are solved.

City Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor expressed her gratitude and pledged support for SPD and their updated law enforcement efforts.

“I am thankful for the impact that you all are having in (the) community and rebuilding those relationships…We hear the bad side but we don’t see the good side so whatever it is that we can do for you all, as a council, you have our overwhelming support with that,” Taylor said.