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WM Street Crimes Unit Is Back

City of West Monroe

The West Monroe Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit is back on the streets. Since May 6, three police officers from the West Monroe Police Department have been assignedto the department’s Street Crimes Unit, which operates out of the Metro Narcotics Building. The Street Crimes Unit operates as part of Metro Narcotics in cooperation with the Monroe Police Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The West Monroe Street Crimes Unit is a proactive criminal patrol unit that actively observesareas with spikes in crime such as narcotics, violent crimes or sex crimes. Due to a previous shortage in police officers, no one was assigned to work in the Street Crimes Unit. Recently, however, several newly-hired officers have completed their required field training and are now working in patrol, which allows the Street Crimes Unit to be active in the community once again.

“Our Street Crimes unit is an important addition to our Patrol Division because they are able to concentrate manpower for different tasks when needed without affecting our Patrol coverage,” said West Monroe Police Chief Jeff Terrell. “This can include providing additional police presence at events in the City or working with other agencies to target specific criminal activities in our area.”

The Street Crimes Unit is also available to do presentations to local organizations or businesses, including restaurants and hotels, on drug use and things to be mindful of or look for related to drug use or drug activity. To schedule a presentation or report a violent crime to the Street Crimes Unit, please call the West Monroe Police Department at (318) 396-2722.