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City of West Monroe announces new community policing unit

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 6:54 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The City of West Monroe announced the launch of a new community policing unit on Monday, September 14. The unit will give officers the chance to go out in the community, meet people face-to-face, and ask if they need help.

“We’re a part of the community just as they are and we want them to succeed. And anything that we can do to help in our community to make it a safer place for them and their families,” said West Monroe Police Chief Jeff Terrell.

The unit is being led by Major Carl Turner, Sgt. Shannon Fletcher, and Corporal Ronny Chapman.

“Those three officers have been at the West Monroe Police Department for a long time. They know our community,” said Terrell.

Community officers will visit businesses, the community center, and schools.

“A lot of times a student will come up to a police officer at school that they feel comfortable with and ask for advice about a difficult situation in life that they think they have the answer to,” said West Monroe Assistant Principal Dan Lane.

Officers will also help facilitate community meetings and neighborhood watch.

“Everyone wants to live somewhere that is safe. And we feel that the West Monroe Police Department does a very good job with that and this is just the icing on the cake to just give it that little extra, and just continue to grow and be better,” said City of West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell.

The community policing unit will be stationed at 211 Cypress Street in West Monroe.

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