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Agencies Collaborate to Clean Up Lafayette Parish

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Local Government Agencies Collaborate to Clean-up Lafayette Parish

The Litter Abatement program was established 3 years ago as an agreement between the 15th Judicial District Court, The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, and Lafayette Consolidated Government to clean up litter in the Parish of Lafayette. The program directs offenders to give back to their community in positive ways.
Individuals convicted of a misdemeanor offense are sentenced by the 15th Judicial District Court to complete a specific amount of hours in the Litter Abatement program. The program starts at 8:30a.m. and ends 4:30p.m. every Saturday. The individuals report to the Lafayette Sheriff's Office, who provides transportation and supervision of the participants. The participants clean streets, parks, government and non-profit organization buildings through Lafayette Parish.

Since January 2006, over 150 participants have successfully completed the program. Some of the areas and events they performed services include:

West Congress Moore Park
Eraste Landry Road Brown Park
Ambassador Caffery Neyland Park
Lagneaux Road Pa Davis Park
Settler's Trace Lafayette TEEN Court
Johnston Street Lafayette Consolidated Government
Gloria Switch University of Louisiana @ Lafayette
East Moss Street Audubon Wildlife Refuge
Willow Street Festival International
Downtown Lafayette
Lyon's Club Road
Hebert Road

Mark Pope Environmental Quality Manager City Parish Government:
"I find that Sheriff Neustrom and his staff are committed to improving the quality of life in Lafayette Parish. City-Parish Government and the Sheriff's office have always worked well together. In 2000, the Sheriff helped clean up the old Larabee Pit Road, and stop the illegal dumping that was going on there. I also know that the Sheriff's office sends out inmate crews to clean Lafayette's roads of litter when deputies are available to supervise the inmates, as required by law."

Lt. Craig Stansbury
Public Information Officer
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office