Tyler addresses crime-fighting confusion

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Mayor Ollie Tyler had a few words to say after she was criticized for missing a meeting between Caddo Parish Commissioners and some in her administration. 

“Apparently, somebody in the parish commission didn’t like the plan,” Tyler said. “When they called this meeting for people to show up, we didn’t know they were calling a meeting to develop a plan. The plan had already, we made it.” 

The Caddo Parish Commission is considering offering around $100,000 in aid to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office to pay for overtime for deputies to patrol Shreveport streets to help curb crime. Several on the Commission invited Chief Alan Crump to attend a meeting last week, but he nor anyone from his department never showed. 

“You do understand that if it’s going to be supervised under the jurisdiction of the city,” asked council member Willie Bradford, “then the police chief or his representative should’ve made it clear to the parish commission what they are funding.” 

Second-in-command Police Deputy Chief Bill Goodin says his does office has a plan to fight crime. They are just watiting for the funding.

“I think we’ve reached a juncture,” Goodin said. “I certainly can’t speak for the sheriff’s office, but I think we are ready to move forward with those whenever we got the final approvals. 

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