Interim chief changes how MPD fights crime

MONROE, LA (KNOE) - Interim Chief Eugene Ellis promised a concerned crowd Thursday night that the police department is working to do everything it humanly can to prevent crime.

He said his new solution appears to be working.

It includes having officers stake out places they call hot spots or areas with high crime rates.

"Hopefully we're going to see fantastic results and we'll be able to tweak it in a couple of weeks or continue on," said Ellis.

Like others at a community meeting Thursday night, James Poe has been a victim of a crime.

"I'd like it to be crime free, but we live in a world that we can't be that way," said Poe.

A recent report shows one homicide last week with more than 10 assaults and 12 burglaries.
That's compared to no homicides, 18 assaults and 12 burglaries this time last year.

"They're probably a lot lower than other cities, but I want to see it a lot lower than that," said Poe.

The department wants the same thing.

"I can't promise anybody that crime won't occur, but I can promise that the Monroe department can do, we will do to make sure that does not occur in the future," said Ellis.

He's also inspired neighborhood watch programs and has launched community policing.

"Every officer, from this point on, we're trying to make them get out of the car make contact with the public get to know what's going on in the community better. It's a win-win for everybody," said Ellis.

Poe said in order to have a win-win situation, that means everyone has to be involved.

"I think it's everybody's responsibility to stop crime," said Poe.

The department encourages people to sign up for neighborhood watch programs by calling (318) 329-2641.