Nov 4, 2013 7:22 PM by Akeam Ashford
In an effort to help Morgan City residents feel safer, Police Chief Travis Crouch is taking what some may see as a different approach to fighting crime.
Since taking office in February, Crouch has been reaching out to more people in the community by going where everyone else seems to spend most of their time -- Facebook.
"I get a lot of phone calls from people about small problems. If you take 10 minutes to talk to that person about that small issue and deal with it, it takes you 10 miles with that person. It has been a great great experience for me," says Crouch.
He's inviting everyone in Morgan City to post tips on the department's Facebook page.
"I'd rather have those people looking. They know they're neighborhood better than we do. You know if someone fits your neighborhood or doesn't fit, or if someone is supposed to be at your neighbors house or not. So it's easier for them to call us and say hey this is out of place," Crouch said.
With the roughly 13,000 residents in the Morgan City, there's been three homicides this year.
To make everyone feel safer, Crouch has hired three new patrol officers.
The chief says he and his officers may wear uniforms and carry guns, but they're human just like the rest of us.
"Just because a little old lady called to complain somebody stole the plant off her front porch or rocking chair, to her that's something serious. I tell my guys that if you take that five or 10 minutes extra with that person on a complaint, that goes a long way." said Crouch.
Crouch says there's also a downside to using social media -- the rumors that swirl around the city.
He asks if you post to the department's Facebook page, only post things you know are true.
He says posting false information can hurt ongoing investigations and family members of victims.