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Task force formed to combat crime in Donaldsonville

APSO and Donaldsonville's mayor have created a new crime task force to help address the recent uptick in crime across Donaldsonville.
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 7:32 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 6:48 PM CDT
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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - There were six shooting deaths in Donaldsonville in 2021, and so far this year, there have been three. But before that, in 2019, there was only one.

The increase is alarming for Mayor Leroy Sullivan.

“It is going on all over the world and the only way that we’re going to get a handle on it is we have to put the resources there in order for the sheriff’s department, and law enforcement not to be outnumbered,” Sullivan said.

In order to stop murders before they happen, more sheriff’s office deputies will be patrolling the city.

“Before you let our city get away from us before it gets worse than what it is now, it’s time to take the appropriate action and be proactive,” Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said.

The task force will be keeping their eyes on kids and teenagers.

“We see an increase in a lot of our young kids out there playing with guns and not having any problem using a gun against a rivalry, against a so-called enemy, and calling each other out. They are just doing it in numbers now that we have not seen before,” Webre said.

Parents will be given a citation if their kid is out after curfew.

“My desire is that the citation would go to it could be a written arrest warrant and that our parent would have to go before a judge and explain why they are allowing their child to be out during the curfew hours,” Sullivan said.

The city will give the sheriff’s office more money to help with enforcement.

“If that $50,000 can save one life, it is well worth spending the $50,000 to save a life here in the city of Donalsonville,” Sullivan said.

The sheriff said the money will help.

“You put the right people in jail, a lot of crime goes down. That is just the truth. When you pick up some of these gang members and put them in jail where they belong, you get high bonds with them, those are things where you can see a decrease in crime in your communities,” Webre said.

Both the sheriff and mayor said they want to send a message to anyone committing crimes.

“Once you pull the trigger, you can’t take that bullet back and it has changed your life forever and that needs to be driven home to the people here in the City of Donaldsonville and around the country,” Sullivan said.

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