Police reacts to recent shooting

During the police management team meeting on Thursday March 30th, the case regarding the shooting at a police patrol by two men on a scooter which took place on Wednesday March 29th was one of the main points of discussion.

Shooting at police officers has not only become more frequent, it has also become extremely radical, with no regard for the lives of others. Luckily no one was injured during this last incident. The police management has become quite concerned for the safety of all officers and has been providing additional training for the officers on how to better deal with these types of situations. However the management team, is making it abundantly clear to the community that this criminal act by individuals is totally unacceptable and will definitely cause the officers who are there to maintain law and order, to react likewise to protect themselves and others. The police will not be intimidated, back down, and will not stop and will continue to weed out those criminal elements hiding in our community.

The management team is also extending sincere gratitude to the Gendarmes on the French Side who reacted immediately to assist the police, to locate the suspects who had fled to French Quarter on a scooter. As a result of their swift actions they were successful in arresting one of the suspects and confiscating the scooter. This is the great working cooperation the Gendarmes and Police Department have been working on for quite some time by using articles from the “Treaty of Concordia”. Together both departments we will continue to work to bring this cooperation to the highest level.

In addition the Police department is encouraging the community to continue calling in when they witness a crime or have knowledge of any criminal activity going on. Let us come together as partners in the fight against crime. “If you do this today, it just might prevent yourself from becoming a victim tomorrow.”

Fighting crime is not only a police problem; it is also a community problem. The police department is therefore asking the community to get on board with them. You never know when crime will come and knock at your door. A simple anonymous phone call to the police tip line may save your life, the life of a family member or any other person.

To share information with your police department please call 54-22222, the community police officer responsible for your district, the emergency line 911 or the anonymous tip line #9300.