Police to implement Robbery Intervention Detail
The Shreveport Police Department will be putting additional officers out on the street to specifically target those violent criminals who would commit armed robberies.
As we move into the holiday season, historically Shreveport has seen increases in some crimes, including armed robberies. While the total number of robberies reported through the end of October has seen a 7% decrease this year when compared to the same time period in 2012; the Robbery Intervention Detail is being called into action as part of a continuous and proactive effort to reduce the number of those crimes we see occurring in our city.
Working towards that goal, officers throughout the department will be hitting the streets this fall as part of R.I.D., or Robbery Intervention Detail, to systematically target areas of Shreveport where there is traditionally heavy retail traffic. R.I.D. will focus on several different facets of robbery prevention and investigation, including community liaison officers visiting with business owners and management regarding robbery prevention training, plain clothes investigators conducting surveillance or other types of undercover operations, intelligence gathering, and marked patrol units saturating areas to further dissuade any would be robbers. While there have been similar operations in previous years, R.I.D. officers will be relying on tactics that have worked well in the past and employing new strategies as well.
Any business owner or manager that would like officers to come out and put on a free armed robbery prevention seminar for employees is urged to call the Shreveport Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing Bureau at 318-673-6950.