LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - Some local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with federal law enforcement for "Project Safe Neighborhoods" in order to reduce violent crime in Acadiana.
The program was launched across the United States in 2001 and it was created to bring together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime.
Participants of the program, here in Acadiana, include the ATF, FBI, DEA, Lafayette Parish DA's office, a number of sheriff's offices, as well as Lafayette and Crowley Police departments, among others.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber says help from these federal agencies will benefit our community, "They're not first responders. They don't go and answer calls of service. But what they do is they're aware of the longer term investigations and they can work cases parallel to my detectives and we can come out with better results on the end."
Garber adds that he's confident this program will bring the kind of results Acadiana deserves, "This is a proven strategy. It has proven to work in other jurisdictions and it's going to work in Lafayette. We're very very excited about it."