Caddo Parish woman reacts to crime stats


Rural Caddo Parish experiences a drop in crimes. Genevieve Carlisle, her four kids and grandkids all live next to each other on Dixie Rd. She’s relieved about the news. “Knowing that your family is all right here and a lot of friends, that’s a very important thing” says Carlisle. Sheriff Steve Prator says the total number of offenses, down 3% compared to 2016. There were also fewer violent crimes including murders, rapes, robberies and assaults. He says this is the key. “Community oriented policing is a philosophy. It’s the way that the deputies out there conduct their business it’s the way that they do residential checks, they get to know the neighbors.” says Sheriff Prator Property crimes were up, with more auto theft and shoplifting. Carlisle says she knows from experience, deputies keep a close eye out for thieves. “Stopped him before he even got to my sons house” says Carlisle. “Folks sometimes don’t want Pollyanna, sometimes they want Batman and caddo parish sheriffs office can be Batman when we need to” says Sheriff Prator. “We’re proud of our sheriff and the things he’s done for our parish” says Carlisle. Both parties say a relationship between law enforcement and community members makes all the difference.

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