Police roll out task force to increase street patrol

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The beginning of summertime routinely brings about a higher number of calls for service to the Natchitoches Police Department. As the school year ends, daylight hours increase, and temperatures and heat indexes begin to soar. There seems to be a correlation between the increase in temperature and the increase in certain crimes that’s often noticed.

This year is no exception. Since Jan. 1 the NPD has received more than 80 Illegal Use of Weapons calls. This occurs when a gun is shot into the air with no regard for where the bullets may come down. Stopping these wanton criminal acts has been a challenge because an officer is not always immediately present to address it.

The police department has also responded to more than 100 auto burglaries so far this year and although these numbers are not really out of the norm, it is far more than the City should be experiencing.

In order to combat such activity, the NPD is reinstating the ASP Team (Additional Street Patrol). This specialized, albeit temporary, unit will be rolling simultaneously with day to day police operations. Both divisions will serve a dual roll – a stronger police presence acting as a deterrent and of course, APPREHENSION.

These issues as well as those listed below are some of the offenses a task force will be addressing:

Locations of recent burglaries

Discharging firearms within the city limits

Juvenile curfew violations

Loud music complaints

Alcohol complaints such as drinking in public parks

Serving active bench warrants

Traffic enforcement {Emphasis on Texting While Driving}

Grass Clippings in the Street

2 thoughts on “Police roll out task force to increase street patrol

  1. I’ll believe it when I see it. When someone shot my dog inside city limits they didn’t do anything. Natchitoches Police is more concerned with seatbelt tickets than actual safety.

  2. How about ticketing the litter bugs! That is far more important than arresting someone for putting grass clippings on the street.

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