EBRSO Deputies meet the community
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies hit the streets to get a jump on crime in the Mayfair area.
Deputies say getting to know communities is a tried and true method for getting the jump on crime. And the folks in Mayfair hope it brings results.
EBRSO Captain Rodney Walker told News 2 "Our main objective today is to go out and hear face to face, the concerns and problems that people have."
It looked like deputies were on a raid in Mayfair, but in reality the deputies combing the area were making first contact with a community that may have been wary of law enforcement in the past.
Check points set up on corners did turned up a few folks with outstanding warrants. And some neighbors were happy to see it.
Captain Walker went house to house reassuring neighbors and even sharing a laugh.
He says the conversations are simple, but effective crime fighting tools.
Willie Campbell told News2 that she is afraid to leave her house because of violence in her neighborhood. She's hoping the increased presence of deputies will change that.
The sheriff's office will keep a high profile presence in the community with foot patrols and bike patrols as they've done in other communities around the parish.
Deputies' reported 19 people arrested and 96 charges were cleared.