Community Initiative to Reduce Stolen Guns Announced
Friday, November 6, 2015
Lafayette Parish to Launch Community-Wide Initiative to Reduce Number of Stolen Guns
Lafayette Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (LCJCC), is pleased announce the Aware and Involved Initiative, a community safety program to reduce crime in our community through citizen action. On Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 10:00am at LPSO Public Safety Complex (1825 W. Willow St, Lafayette, LA), we will announce our latest efforts to address the rise in stolen guns in our community and how every citizen can take part in the Aware and Involved program. Speakers will include:
• Dr. Holly Howat, Executive Director of LCJCC
• Chief Jim Craft of Lafayette Police Department
• Major Art LeBreton of Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
• Mr. Mac Gallien of Lafayette Advisory Commission on Crime Prevention
Our criminal justice system leaders, especially law enforcement agencies, want our community to commit to locking our vehicles, homes and businesses. Last year, over 400 guns were stolen from vehicles in Lafayette Parish. The majority of them were stolen from unlocked vehicles. Leaving vehicles, homes and businesses unlocked creates an easy opportunity for criminals to get their hands on guns. Also frequently stolen are cell phones, computers and cash. All of this stolen contraband is used to fuel criminal activity in our parish, state and country.
Stolen guns can affect anyone as these examples show:
• An officer is shot by a stolen gun while in pursuit of a shooting suspect.
• Guns stolen from unlocked vehicles are used in a shooting in Duson.
• Officers interrupt a robbery where stolen guns are used.
• Handgun stolen in Lafayette parish is used in a shooting in Jefferson parish.
• A stolen gun was found a by a 5 year old while playing in his neighborhood.
Preventing the theft of guns and other contraband can have a significantly positive effect on crime in our community. Through the Love It, Lock It project, individuals and organizations will learn how to be actively involved in crime prevention.
The principal mission of the Lafayette Parish CJCC is to study the Lafayette Parish juvenile and adult criminal justice system, gather data, identify deficiencies, and propose formulated and coordinated plans for change when opportunities present themselves. The committee strives to ensure the efficient and effective management of the Lafayette Parish Criminal Justice System by proactively and collaboratively engaging in information gathering and cyclical planning that embraces evidence-based assessment and evaluation of policies, programs and practices. The goal of which is to make a coordinated planning effort in making policy recommendations on vital criminal justice system issues that positively affect our community's safety.