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Creating a safer Acadiana

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Opelousas city officials pledged to stop the violence Saturday afternoon. Violence in Acadiana has reached a point where we all must contribute to make our streets a safer place.

In the year 2013, the Opelousas Police Department made 359 drug related arrest.

and as of February 1st, what they've dealt with is an element of criminal activity related to drugs.

"Drugs, have a domino effect. Users, dealers, anyone that is in the company of someone that is using or selling drugs is at risk." said Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow.

And lately, that risk has commonly lead to gun violence.

"Individuals have taken on the perception or belief that settling conflict by gunfire is acceptable and it is not. We at the Opelousas Police Department is going to assure the citizens Opelousas that it is not." said Chief Gallow.

When drug activity encourages crime in the community, sometime the innocent are the ones that pay the price.

"A bullet does not have a name on it, and it is about doing something before, before we find an individual laying on the ground." said Chief Gallow.

District Attorney Earl Taylor says the community plays a vital role in assuring justice is served.

"I think that we need to make sure the attitude of us toward violence is not that we're going to accept it, we are not going to turn our backs, we are not going to walk away from it. When not going to fail to serve as a witness when we are witness to a crime." said Taylor.

"All 49 other officers in the Opelousas Police Department cannot do it alone!." said Chief Gallow.

"Will you help? "Yeah" Tell me again, Will you help? "Yeah" I want to know will you help? "Yeah" Thank you, God bless you." said Taylor.

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