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Monroe Community Crime Meeting

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Many around Monroe believe there is an obvious disconnect between the police and citizens in Monroe.

That's why Monroe Police Chief Quentin Homes is holding monthly community crime meetings. Is there a disconnect between what police officers do on a daily basis and the citizens they protect?

Concerned Citizen, Traci Reneau, says "we found out how things work and how they do things. We learned what really goes on, it was an eye opening experience."

Some people like Reneau have questions about how police handle certain situations. She says, "in our area the crime rate has been ridiculous. Our main concern was that crime is not being reported."

The police discussed crime rates , and how the equipment they have helps them do their job. Monroe Police Sargent, Mark Johnson, says "they learned a little bit about the system. Maybe be a little bit more understanding about what we are trying to do for them; and also what information they can provide to us to do a better job."

Johnson demonstrated how a taser is used in a situation where they need it. They explained how other things worked, like pepper spray. Johnson says, "I think everybody enjoyed the demonstrations. I think the community learning was good, as far as what we do and how we do it."

Another thing police stressed was people looking out for each other. One thing they suggested, neighborhood watches. Johnson says they need people who are not afraid to get involved. He says, "we have to rely on people who did witnesses the crime. If we have people not calling the police, and telling us what we need to know, we are not being as effective as we can."

Reneau says she would encourage everyone to come to a meeting to understand how everything works. She says, "not just sit around and complain about what is and what isn't. Find out how they can help and what they can do to make it better."

Reneau says she had a lot of her questions answered and has a whole new respect for the officers who patrol the streets. Another thing police stressed was some of the best evidence is people who witness the crime. They need people to come forward to help them.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 2nd at Benoit Recreation Center.

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