Natchitoches PD bringing back its Additional Street Patrol unit due to uptick in violent crimes

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Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT
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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KSLA) - The Natchitoches Police Department announced on March 22 that it’s bringing back its Additional Street Patrol unit, known as ASP.

Department officials say the ASP unit is made up of several “highly motivated” officers who are primarily tasked with finding and arresting suspects responsible for the recent uptick in shootings. The ASP unit will also focus on other criminal activity such as felony warrants, burglaries, street-level drug deals, violent crimes, and other offenses.

RECENT SHOOTINGS IN NATCHITOCHES

“The goal of the ASP unit is to reduce gun violence and to directly address the rise in criminal activities that have been affecting citizens in the City of Natchitoches. The ASP unit will be proactive and dedicated to stemming the senseless violence that has led to the loss of life, injury to bystanders, damage to property, and the terrorizing of communities,” said Chief Nikeo Collins.

Peewee lives in Natchitoches and is concerned about the recent increase in crime.

“This is how I feel: if you going to ask citizens around here to snitch, we don’t raise no snitches around here. The police got to do the job,” he said.

With the recent surge of violent crime in Natchitoches, the police department has dispatched its Additional Street Patrol unit, but Peewee believes more manpower on the streets won’t stop the crime because the problem goes deeper.

“I think the children are out of control. I think a lot of them just don’t care. You can have a thousand police back here and what is it going to do if people still shooting in broad daylight?” he said.

Captain Brad Walker says the ASP only assembles during times like these. The additional patrols started the week of March 21 and the department says dozens of arrests have already been made.

“About 12 felony arrests. We served several bench warrants, bench warrants for other agencies, wrote at least 35 tickets,” Capt. Walker said.

One resident, Robert Lilly, is happy about the increased patrols.

“I think it’s a good thing, you know. It’s always good to keep a safe and effective patrol and constant patrol will help the community feel safer and feel more confident,” Lilly said.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Call the Natchitoches Police Department at 318-352-8101 to report crimes or other suspicious activities
  • Submit anonymous tips to Natchitoches Crime Stoppers by calling 318-238-2388

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