BRPD, EBRSO both patrolling mall after annexation
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department will patrol the Mall of Louisiana this holiday season after parts of the mall were annexed into the city limits.
Thousands of shoppers go from store to store with bags in hand each day. For the first time, city police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office will keep you safe at the mall. Shoppers we spoke with had mixed feelings about the split jurisdiction.
"I think they should have just one police that's covering the whole area instead of the sheriff and the city police," said Beulah Evans.
"I feel like, you know, as long as the mall is patrolled I feel like I'm safe regardless of who is patrolling. It doesn't really matter to me," said Nancy Midkiff.
Sheriff's deputies patrol the four anchor stores at the mall, Sears, Macy's Dillard's and JC Penny. BRPD covers the mall's parking lot, streets, movie theater and other stores surrounding the four anchors. Some shoppers find that hard to keep up with.
"It's confusing," said Evans. "Because if I get my purse snatched and I'm somewhere and they have a sheriff and they have a city police, I would have to call the sheriff or the city police."
Others feel that law enforcement will keep them safe no matter what.
"If something were to happen. I think anybody around would take control even if they were not in the designated area they were supposed to be," said Midkiff.
The Sheriff's Office plans to roll out its observation tower to the mall Thursday.