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Monroe Police not active on multi jurisdictional task

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)- The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office is trying to rid the streets of crime all over the parish, even in it's municipalities.

That's why they are teaming up with other law enforcement agencies in the effort.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff, Jay Russell has formed a task force to tackle crime throughout the parish. The first stop is Monroe.

West Monroe Police Chief, Jeff Terrell says he's all for helping his twin city.

"Monroe is not in our jurisdiction but they are our neighbor and this is a community so what affects our neighbor affects all of us," Terrell said.

The Monroe police department is not a part of this task force.

We asked Monroe Chief, Quentin Holmes his department had no involvement in the newly formed task force.

He said he supports the task force and the assistance it will provide the city, but he would not comment on why MPD is not participating.

Our calls to Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell about this matter were not returned.

Chief Terrell believes MPD was contacted about becoming a partner in the task force.

"I have not spoken to them personally about that, they have their hands full. I believe, we're just doing this to help them out," Terrell said.

Thirteen law enforcement officers will make up the task force, three of them will come from West Monroe Police Department.

"One of the things we are going to try to do is concentrate on different areas in the city to try to show a presence," Terrell said.

The task force will be patrolling high crime areas in Monroe beginning July 24.
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