CRIME

Local troopers ask public for guidance in enforcement efforts

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police Troop A announced this week its latest public outreach program, “Operation Troop ‘A’ssist,” according to Trooper Russell Graham.

The program will allow the Troop A Commander, Captain Frank Ducote, to get a better feel from the Troop A community of problems throughout the area.  

This is the public’s opportunity to give feedback to troopers regarding problems in the area and to help direct traffic enforcement accordingly.  

Troopers are asking that the public e-mail them regarding a specific location and time that is experiencing significant problems with aggressive driving, speeding or any other traffic problems of which they need to be aware, Graham said.  

“Troop A covers nine parishes and more than 6,000 miles of state and federal highways. Increased input from the motoring public will be a valuable addition to our already proactive enforcement efforts”, said Ducote.

Once a month Ducote and shift supervisors will pick an area of high concern to the public and assign a group of troopers to conduct a variety of enforcement actions in that area.

Upon completion the results of the enforcement efforts will be posted on the Louisiana State Police Troop A Web site at www.lsp.org/troopa.html, where it can be viewed by anyone interested.  

The email address for Troop A is lspa@dps.la.gov. There is also a link for this email on the Troop A web page.

Troopers are committed to providing professional and courteous service to the citizens that we have sworn to protect and serve, Graham said. By providing another level of communication and asking for help in directing efforts, troopers hope to increase the safety and security of the motoring public, he said.

In the event of an emergency, the public can contact their local law enforcement agency by dialing 911 or contacting Troop A by dialing *LSP ( * 577).