OPELOUSAS, LA -- Gun Violence seems to be one of the biggest concerns in Opelousas, Phyllis Beverly sergeant of Opelousas police department and she saw several of the incidents are associated with young people.
Phyllis Beverly, sergeant of Opelousas police department, says several of the Incidents are associated with young people.
"sometimes it relates to so-called related to my area or my hood," Beverly said
Beverly says she hopes things get better.
“some of them know that it’s not okay, but then you also have the ones that actually want to fit in” Beverly said
In 2019, they saw 20 Gun-Related Crimes. Chief of Police, Martin McLendon says there have been 29 shootings compared to 2019. According to the Opelousas Police Department's Records
“People are buying guns for these young people and putting it in their hands, we are fighting an evil empire , not only are you purchasing the gun, then turn around and report it stolen and make it as if someone took the gun from them when in actuality, they also purchase that gun .” McLendon said
McLenon says they have a lot of work to do as the new year begins
“We are not going to get discouraged, we are going to continue to build partnerships with our community and asking the public to lend us the hand, if you see something, say something,” McLendon said
Opelousas Police Department has developed programs in neighborhoods and they plan to do more this upcoming year.