New Monroe police chief makes crime in southside priority
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Newly appointed police chief in Monroe, Victor Zordan, has hit the ground running since his first day on the job.
He is a local guy who has made the safety of his hometown a priority and that starts with the rising crime at the Parkview Apartments.
Chief Zordan says they have been working together with Standard Enterprises, the property owners, and have off-duty officers patrolling 24-hours a day.
“I’ve spent a lot of time down there myself and if you would’ve gone down there a month ago you would have felt unsafe,” Chief Zordan said. “Now you go down there and there are kids outside playing.
He says the response so far has been promising. The department usually received close to 29 calls a day. That number is now down more than 50%. He says right now they are averaging around 14 calls.
“We get a lot of compliments saying thank you. They tell us they didn’t know it could be like this,” Chief Zordan said. “It’s working really well. We hope to keep it up.”
Chief Zordan acknowledged the possibility that crime could move to other parts of the city, but he says his officers are ready to respond.
“We will also use a little specialized unit that will analyze the data that comes in. They will keep up on our call log and see if crime trends are transitioning from one area to the other,” Chief Zordan said. “And if they are, we... need to jump on that as soon as possible so we can get the attention that it needs to keep the crime down to almost nonexistent.”
He also has plans to get the community involved like a Community Action Board. That means inviting community members, business leaders and high school coaches to give input and feedback about how the department can best serve them.
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