Lafayette Police will open a new downtown precinct by May 31

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Lafayette police will be monitoring downtown more closely when a new precinct opens inside the Rosa Parks Transportation Center.

Police Spokesman Sgt. Robin Green says the department aims to be up and running and fully operational by May 31.

“It will be located in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center which is ideal because it’s in the heart of downtown,” Sgt. Green explained.

The new ward will be the fifth in the department and will be located on the first floor of the Jefferson Street building.

Last week, LCG communications director Jamie Angelle said the precinct received funding last fall from the US Bailout Act (ARPA).

According to reports, ARPA funds are federal dollars for economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angelle said a recent outbreak of violence in the city center is not what triggered the change.

He said it had already been planned to open.

“It was already in preparation. Now we are happy that this is actually happening and yes with the police presence in the area we hope this will help deter criminal activity.

Some downtown residents agree that a nearby police station is what it takes.

“I think it’s wonderful. We will feel much safer,” resident Cammy Edmonds said.

Floyd Lambert of Lafayette doesn’t live downtown, but says he sees value in having a neighborhood nearby.

“Like three incidents, gunshots and stuff like that downtown, then last night here. Great, we need it,” Lambert said.

Still, there are some who don’t like the idea.

Those who disagree say they fear they won’t be able to act more freely or act freely with the constant presence of police imposing restrictions.

David H. Henry