How will you increase the presence of police patrols to combat violent crime and drug activity in our district?

Glenn Lazard
Glenn Lazard
Candidate for City Council District 5

Addressing crime within any community begins with police-community relations. It is a proven fact that residents are more inclined to assist law enforcement in not only solving but preventing criminal activity when there is reciprocal trust and respect. I will certainly do everything within my power as a council person to help facilitate this relationship. I will also work to insure that the Lafayette Police Department is fully staffed and has the tools and resources necessary to provide the protection and services our residents expect and deserve, especially in those areas that have the greatest needs.

Lionel Rodriguez
Lionel Rodriguez
Candidate for City Council District 5

The Lafayette city policy is currently facing challenges concerning pay and retaining police officers. The safety of our citizens is non-negotiable. We have to insure that every measure is in place to protect our citizens despite the challenges. I will support our police department in every way possible to ensure that our community remains safe. I would like to explore all options when talking about reducing crime. This is critical to our community and economic resurrection.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Candidate for City Council District 5

While our police department is experiencing a shortage of officers and it takes a year for training, we will work to employ community-based watch systems.

Aaron Staten
Aaron Staten
Candidate for City Council District 5

1. Making sure we keep police pay competitive so we stop losing officers, which has been a major priority, according to various members of the Lafayette PD.
2. Enhancing neighborhood & community policing.
3. Focused Deterrence, which includes getting everyone involved: law enforcement, social services, and community mobilization. Requesting a commitment from the Mayor and other community leaders on this issue.
4. Creating and/or increasing the impact of a community anti-drug coalition.
5. Engaging & working with the PD and professionals on strategies that have worked for us, and how we can enhance those and other measures.
6. Research and implement programs like the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, which is the only Federal drug prevention program that provides funding directly to local communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. It is funded by a federal grant. (Not raising your taxes)
7. Introducing new and building upon current youth-based economic opportunities and mentorship programs.