The Saint Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is teaming up with local businesses to crack down on crime.
It's Louisiana's first sheriff's office to use "Police Watch".
Now dispatchers can tap into a business' video surveillance system. The program's owner says that can only happen after an alarm is activated. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says it will help investigators get a better look at suspects.
The Piggly Wiggly in Opelousas is just one business signed up for Police Watch. On top of dispatch, deputies can watch video feeds from their cruisers. Store owner Kevin Doucet says the program is assuring for several reasons like; safety, catching thieves, and discouraging crimes
Twenty six law enforcement agencies already use police watch in Ohio and Kentucky.