The State of the City address community involvement

Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - We continue our in-depth look at the Monroe State of the City. In the address, the Monroe Police Chief talked about joining with the community to help prevent crime.

The plan is to improve public communication and transparency by building trust between officers and members of the community.

“Homicide is a crime that you can’t predict. You can’t look at a person and know, alright, they’re about to go kill somebody. That’s the problem when you’re trying to solve that, but the more presence we have on the street, the more proactiveness we have, we can de-escalate situations before they become deadly that’s our goal,” said Victor Zordan,

Police Chief Victor Zordan says if they could identify when a crime would happen, this would help them stop homicides. Last year, there were 22 homicides in Monroe. Currently, there are 8 in 2021. Community activist Tyrone “k-9,” Dickens says he has a plan that could bridge the gap between the community and officers.

“I had the Monroe Police Department and the Fire Department playing the guys in the streets in basketball, trash talk, and I did it every year. COVID kind of slow it down for the last year. I’m actually putting together again now,” said Tyrone K-9 Dickens community activist.

K-9 says he would like to sit down with key members of the community and come up with a long-term plan to keep the city safe.

“I want to get with the Mayor, Mr. Friday Ellis, and the Chief. I can’t say his name right but the Chief of Police and I want to sit down and have a talk with them to try to come back and do the things we need to do in our community because I feel like our police shouldn’t be scared of the streets and the streets should be scared of the police,” said K-9.

K-9 says he sees the community and the police making a positive change in neighborhoods soon.

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