SPD community meeting leaves residents with mix emotions

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After releasing Shreveport’s crime statistics, the police department wants you to have a chance to voice your concerns. Tonight they hosted the first of seven community meetings discussing crime and public safety.

These community meetings are meant as an open dialogue for the public to ask questions about what the police are actually doing. But a lot of community members felt their questions were left unanswered.

A one on one with the public and the police chief of Shreveport, is leaving people with a lot of mixed emotions.

Some feel say they feel safe.

“I spent a lot of time on these streets up and down these streets and I feel safe, and I know perception is a dangerous thing.”

And others. 

Tabatha Taylor a member of the MLK area says,”the perception is that the public doesn’t feel safe and im one of those people who does not, we have good men and women on our police force but I just felt like that we could expand the resources that we already have with our partners.”

A new set of community meetings has started where Shreveport police chief Alan Crump has an open dialogue with the citizens of Shreveport.

Looking at the first six months of this year.

Chief Crump says,”we look at the crime rate in area’s and the crime rate in this area is lower.”

But, Crump says he realizes people still feel unsafe, even though the numbers are down. 

“I understand the perception, but after perception does not produce a result, people still want answers, and when answers can not be given they have a even greater chasm,” said Chief Crump.

Irma Rogers the president of the MLK community development says,”we need to be vigilant about fighting crime because its all over it’s not in one area.”

These meetings are being held every Thursday over the next several weeks at different community centers throughout the city.

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