Bossier Parish Police Jury cracks down on solicitation

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The Bossier Parish Police Jury is taking action after neighbors in Bossier Parish complained of solicitors visiting their homes after dark.

“Thank God,” said Jasmine Ellison, after hearing that the Bossier Parish Police Jury unanimously voted to ban all solicitors from selling services after 6 p.m.

“Normal work hours are nine to five. So why come after that? There’s no reason.”

Bossier Parish Police Jurors say in the last 60 days they have received more than 100 complaints throughout the parish about solicitors going door to door after dark.

“It’s super dangerous to come door to door. You don’t know who you’re walking up to. And people aren’t always going to answer because you don’t know who’s coming up to your door,” said Ellison. 

Police Juror Jimmy Cochran says the ordinance was put in place three years ago and allowed some companies to survey residents after six, but he says over the years companies began selling services.

“Somehow that got misunderstood, who got to do what. So we just brought it back up because a lot of us was getting complaints.”  

Cochran says their main priority is safety.

“Most people don’t want somebody knocking on their door while they’re getting ready for school or supper. During the week it scares them more than anything.”

Police jurors hope this revision will restore peace. The changes went into effect Wednesday. The police juror says the number of complaints have already gone down.

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