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Apr 29, 2011 9:42 PM by Shawn Kline

Downtown crimes during Festival; stats point down

Two days after a pair of teenagers were attacked in downtown Lafayette, some people are asking if there are enough police on the streets for the festival.

Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department says it's part of his job to make sure your experience is a safe one.

"We're going to be throughout that whole district area." Cpl. Mouton says, "people can't be confined and they have to travel from one stage to another."

But what happens when there are no police officers in the area?
KATC found some people in Lafayette who say there aren't enough police on the streets for festival.

"You hear about the crime in Lafayette all the time, you see it on the news." One person says, "so there ought to be more security."

"I completely understand, there are a lot of people there." Another person said, "but any other help that they can get would sure be appreciated."

Their concerns, coming on the heels of an attack against two teenagers in the 300 block of Congress.
Police say the victims were heading back to their car after leaving festival.

"Incidents like that just shouldn't occur," one of those concerned citizens said.

"That's something that can happen any day of the week," Cpl. Mouton said.

The Lafayette Police take nearly 3,000 calls every year in the downtown district alone. The calls, actually down by 30% this year.
Cpl. Mouton says there are more officers on the street during festival but festival goers need to be on alert at all times.

"Unfortunately, we can't have an officer on every corner of the downtown district." Mouton says, "but we are patrolling in the area."



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