Zeroing in on crime, today Sheriff Sid Gautreaux made his way to the Press Club. Our Kianga Kelly found out where the Sheriff stands on crime and what he plans to do about it.
Like City Police, over the last two years the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department has seen a decrease in murders and homicides. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says, “I figured that due to the fact that we have a homicide division now and our clearance rate on that is exceptional way about national average.”
Between 2007 and 2008 the department has handled a total of nearly 40 homicides and only three remain unsolved. But still, Gautreaux says there’s a lot more work to be done in neighborhoods like the Gardere area, which contribute to 40% of the reported homicides. “How do you stop those things? I don’t know that you would stop that if we had a police officer on every street corner, ‘cause when you talk about murder and homicides it goes back to the basic character of the individual.”
Although violence in the Red Stick may be down, there is a new trend that’s quickly picking up across the U.S. “I think the worst this economy gets the more crime increase as far as thefts and shoplifting.” A trend the Sheriff only hopes will slow down.
Sheriff Gautreaux says his department will continue to patrol as long as their budget allows them.