How will you increase patrols in neighborhoods that suffer high concentrations of violent crime and drug activity?

Nancy Marcotte
Nancy Marcotte
Candidate for Mayor-President

I think the key issue is bringing economic growth to high crime areas. People who have steady work and opportunity are less likely to commit crimes. We need to reduce crime by providing economic opportunity.

Josh Guillory
Josh Guillory
Candidate for Mayor-President

In conjunction with our Police Chief, we will increase patrols in high crime areas during high crime times. Crime cannot be adequately addressed by only increasing patrols. I invite everyone to visit my website at votejoshguillory.com and examine my four-point plan in combating crime. This plan was introduced early in my campaign after consulting with our Chiefs of Police within the parish, patrol officers, our local police association, and members of our community. This plan is not written in concrete, but it is a good start to proactively addressing crime in our community. Notice that the first point is increasing pay for our officers. We have the funding within our local budget to increase pay for our officers. The key is cutting spending and not raising taxes.

Carlee Alm-LaBar
Carlee Alm-LaBar
Candidate for Mayor-President

Increasing patrols is just one potential solution in a myriad of potential solutions for violent crime and drug activity. Neighborhoods often have the best read on the problems they face day after day. Having a competitively paid police force helps ensure that well-trained, experienced officers stay on the job, rather than leave for other opportunities. And we need to rely on data—testing out whether new techniques or approaches are working. In some cases, that may mean the best approach is increasing patrols. But in other cases, it may mean focusing on a physical design characteristic of the neighborhood—for example, making sure street lights work or that public spaces don’t have obstructed views in which crime can occur.

Carlos Harvin

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Simone Champagne

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