SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, reports of crime fell 3% in 2021, continuing a steady decline that began more than 20 years ago.
In 2021, there were 987 crimes compared to 1,014 in 2020. Year-over-year comparisons show a decrease, except for an increase of less than one percent in 2007 and no increase. percentage change in 2012 or 2015.
However, these crime statistics do not include Shreveport or other incorporated areas of Caddo Parish that have their own police departments.
“I am really proud of the fact that crime has declined in Caddo Parish over the past 20 years,” said Sheriff Steve Prator. “This is an incredible trend that we are seeing and in part related to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. We certainly do not take the credit for all the drop in crime. It would be a stupid thing because your law enforcement agency really responds to crime. We try to prevent crime as much as possible, but with the number of deputies in relation to the number of citizens, it would be impossible to do all of this without full cooperation with businesses and the parish community.
Statistics for 2021 showed a 12% drop in violent crime, from 385 offenses to 333 compared to 2020. Homicides fell from one to two in 2021.
Property crimes increased seven percent – from 570 to 609 – due to an increase in simple burglaries. However, thefts have generally declined. Other crimes, including bullying / interfering with school operations, have decreased by 24% over the past year.
Prator notes that the department continues to embrace new ways of fighting crime, including working with the Real Time Crime Center.
“We have programs in place now that we didn’t have in place 18 months ago,” he said. “We are constantly evolving and advancing in the techniques we use to solve crime and prevent crime. One of the things we use are license plate readers.
Caddo Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 26,185 citizen service calls and 7,102 deputy calls in 2021. They performed 14,292 business checks, 7,136 residential checks and 46,969 area checks. They also made 796 felony arrests, 1,182 misdemeanor arrests and 114 DWI arrests.
“Citizens continue to be more aware and involved in what is happening in their community,” said Prator.
Prator says citizen engagement includes their use of social media, which allows residents to share information about crimes in their neighborhoods.
“We are doing everything we can to provide citizens with a safe place to live and raise their families,” he said. “We are delighted to see this kind of result, which only encourages us to keep working harder. “
Prator said one of his main goals this year will be to hire more MPs; the department currently lacks 75 deputies.
“I want the residents of Caddo to know that whatever they need, call the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “We’re understaffed, and so is Shreveport, but we’ll get there.”
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