Crime Reduction

Crimes reported to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office have dropped significantly over the past 14 years.

A statistical analysis of violent crime, property crime, and overall crime shows nearly 1,000 fewer offenses reported in Caddo Parish between 2001 and 2014.

The reporting area includes those unincorporated parts of the parish which rely on the Caddo Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

In 2001, the first full year that Steve Prator was Caddo Sheriff, there were 2,521 overall crimes reported. That number has declined every year but one, from 2006 to 2007, when reported crime went up a mere 17 offenses or 1 percent. In 2014, there were 1,491 overall crimes reported.

Violent crimes have dropped from 1,201 to 644 over the past 14 years, while property crimes have dropped from 1,320 to 847.

“There are many factors that impact a community’s crime rate, but the quality of your law enforcement plays a large part,” Sheriff Prator said. “A reduction this significant shows our strategies are working.”

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NW Regional Re-Entry Facility

The Northwest Regional Re-Entry Facility was developed by Sheriff Steve Prator in cooperation with the state Department of Corrections to reduce recidivism by better preparing offenders for successful reintegration into their communities.

The Re-Entry program offers offenders the opportunity to participate in 100 hours of classroom education covering topics such as employment skills and job placement assistance, money management, problem solving, and personal development. Offenders can also participate in three vocational programs that are accredited by the Northwest Louisiana Technical College. Training in carpentry, building maintenance technology, and welding are offered.

Over 2,300 offenders have graduated from the Re-Entry program since it began. The Carpentry program has completed jobs for 33 non-profits including the Rescue Mission, YMCA, Shreveport Green, and the Louisiana State Museum. Jobs completed for the Caddo Sheriff’s Office have saved $278,000 in taxpayer dollars.

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Safety Town

Founded by Sheriff Steve Prator, Sheriff’s Safety Town is the first and only permanent program in the state to promote early childhood safety education. Over 37,000 second-grade students have visited Safety Town since its doors opened in 2008.

This small-scale city was designed and built to teach young children the importance of being safety minded, especially when riding bikes and walking in their neighborhoods. An added benefit is the positive interaction between deputies and children that helps establish a strong relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The Safety Town primary program includes a written curriculum used to teach students safety awareness in schools throughout Northwest Louisiana. Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students visit Sheriff’s Safety Town where they demonstrate what they’ve learned in a controlled, safe environment. Students practice proper safety behavior by riding bicycles, driving small cars, and exploring Safety Town on foot. They receive a pat on the back from law enforcement and other first responders when they make safe choices and a helping hand when the decisions they make are unsafe.

Although the program emphasizes providing safety education to our youth, Sheriff’s Safety Town also provides the perfect venue to teach safety-related classes to adults, college students, and teenagers.

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