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City Officials Say Shreveport Murder and Violent Crime Rates Down

From File

SHREVEPORT CRIME: Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Police Chief Wayne Smith held a press conference at downtown’s Government Center yesterday to discuss the city’s crime rate.

“The good news is that right now our homicide rate is down 43%,”Perkins said. “During the summer we experienced a 60-day stretch of no homicides, that’s one of the longest streaks in Shreveport history.”

Perkins said the city is breaking regional trends when it comes to violent crimes which are also down 15%. He credits the city police department in working with other local and state law enforcement agencies and federal officials. Chief Smith outlined some of the reasons for the decrease in violent crime.

Shreveport Chief of Police Wayne Smith
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Shreveport Chief of Police Wayne Smith

“Since January of this year, the Shreveport Police Department has taken nearly 800 guns or better off the street. Illegally possessed weapons that had no intent other than to cause someone harm,”

Chief Smith said. Smith also said the city has again received a grant called “Project Safe Neighborhood” which will focus on reducing crime, the grant has been extended through 2024.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.