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Combating Crime in Louisiana (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-11-24

Duration: 00:57:04

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Crime | Law Enforcement | CRIME PREVENTION | Education | Community policing | 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Otwell, Herbert W. Interviewee
  • Edmonson, Paul Interviewee
  • Ivy, Craig Interviewee
  • Johnson, Harry Interviewee
  • Martinez, Aaron Interviewee
  • Gabb, J. Interviewee
  • Brown, Adell Interviewee
  • Hunt, Sherly Speaker
  • Cloy, Matthew Speaker
  • Robinson, Barbara Speaker
  • Hill, Carolyn Speaker
  • Donovan, Delilah Speaker
  • Morris, Michael, Jr. Speaker
  • Jones, Mike, Jr. Speaker
  • Shelton, Dawnette Speaker
  • Williams, Shimele Speaker
  • Price, Christine Speaker
  • Pope, Odessa Speaker
  • Hamilton, Tarj Speaker
  • LaCour, Renee Speaker
  • Crowder, Alma Speaker
  • Gautreaux, Sid Panelist
  • Shihadeh, Ed Panelist
  • Tully, Roger Panelist
  • Blackwell, Joseph Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 24, 2010, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on combating crime in Louisiana. A background report on the increase in violent and property crimes precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Interim Chief Herbert W. Otwell of the Monroe Police Department; Lieutenant Paul Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police; Sergeant Craig Ivy of the Shreveport Police Department; Harry Johnson of the Concord Estates Crime Prevention District; Aaron Martinez, founder of the Webb Neighbors crime alerts; Corporal J. Gabb of the West Monroe Police Department; and Adell Brown of the Baton Rouge chapter of 100 Black Men. The audience members then discuss: the resources needed for fighting crime; their experiences as crime victims; the importance of education; the 100 Black Men’s mentoring program; crime prevention districts; and surveillance cameras. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux; Dr. Ed Shihadeh of the LSU Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group; Chief Roger Tully of the Alexandria Police Department; and Joseph Blackwell, an attorney and the president of the Westminster and Pine Park Crime Prevention District. They discuss: the importance of education in combating crime; reconnecting at-risk youth with society; community policing; fear of crime; where the courts fall short; the causes of crime, including poverty; prisoner rehabilitation; truancy; and the need for parental involvement.