Can Jefferson Parish sustain historic low crime rates?

First half of 2018 continues 2017's record-low trend

Chris Miller
July 20, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Crime in Jefferson Parish is at historic low levels, even after reaching historic lows last year.

In all major crime categories, the first half of this year is trending lower than last year's record lows. At what point will the math catch up with them? Sheriff Joe Lopinto says that's harder to predict than when criminals will strike, so they make sure they have the tools to solve crimes and arrest the perpetrators.

"We've done a good job in Jefferson Parish of investing in crime-fighting techniques," said Lopinto.

"We're the only local agency in the entire state of Louisiana that has their own accredited crime lab. What that means is, when we lift a fingerprint from a vehicle, we're able to run that within days...instead of sending it off to a state police crime lab and get that same fingerprint identification back six weeks later."

The department also has hundreds of automatic license plate reading cameras positioned throughout the parish, which can alert the department to the location of vehicles reported stolen or otherwise on police radar. The sheriff says they also routinely evaluate how to best assign their personnel to maximize their abilities to fight crime.

"I'm going to make sure that our agency is on top of our game, to give us every possibility...that helps us with our crime rates," the sheriff said.

Click here to see the numbers on Jefferson Parish crime stats for the first half of the year.

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