A special Bossier Parish task force will take to the streets on Black Friday to cut down on robberies.
The task force consists of multiple deputies from various specialized teams who have been reassigned to the task force for the holidays. The force will utilize both marked and unmarked vehicles as well as uniformed and plain clothes officers. The deputies will be with management as they open and close the stores for the day and will log walk-throughs of the businesses at various times. Additionally, the plain-clothes deputies will patronize the businesses just as any other shopper would, attempting to be inconspicuous will looking for anyone acting suspicious.
Deputies will be looking for people who seem out of place or are behaving oddly, both inside the store and out. They will also be paying attention to vehicles that drive past a store frequently in order to deter any afterhours break-ins.
The task force will be in operation until January 1.
“We want to ensure that shoppers, business owners and employees feel safe this holiday season while they are out in the community,” said Sheriff Deen. “We do not tolerate any kind of criminal activity during the rest of the year, and we especially won’t tolerate it during the Christmas season of joy and peace.”