Shreveport Police initiate special operation to address “cruising”

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 2:50pm

The Shreveport Police Department is gearing up to proactively address “cruising” issues throughout the city this weekend.

“Cruising”, as it is commonly referred to, entails offenders driving slowly up and down our city streets, often stopping in the roadways blocking access to neighborhoods and businesses. In addition to complaints regarding traffic congestion, officers frequently receive other reports from concerned citizens regarding tangential criminal activity in conjunction with “cruising”, such as loud music, fighting, and gun shots being fired.

With this in mind, Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw has initiated a special operation set to kick off this weekend to specifically focus on those offenders that would compromise public safety and adversely affect the quality of life of our neighbors. Chief Shaw has assigned approximately 20 additional officers, as well as officers from the department’s Community Oriented Policing Bureau and Community Response Unit, to conduct highly visible patrols aimed at strict enforcement of all applicable laws and ordinances.

“As we have seen over the past years, this so-called cruising is not a victimless crime; it has a significant negative impact on the quality of life for neighbors throughout our communities”, remarked Chief Shaw, saying, “As part of our oath to serve the citizens of Shreveport we have an obligation to proactively address public safety and quality of life issues and our officers are going to be vigilant as they work to ensure both.”

From Shreveport Police Department
 

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