Jefferson Parish beefs up patrols for holiday shoppers

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said Friday will be the beginning of its annual Holiday Patrol program.

Deputies from the Special Investigations Bureau and Reserve Division will participate in increased patrols around major shopping areas.

Approximately 50 deputies will be assigned to these increased patrols daily.

Shoppers will see deputies patrol with their vehicles' emergency lighting activated - whether overhead, dash lights, or some other form - to bring attention to their presence. The department's helicopter will also be utilized to help coordinate the patrols, Lopinto said.

The Sheriff's Office says you should feel safe but as always if you see something suspicious say something.

"In Jefferson Parish, you know we have a fast response time. We're going to continue that fast response time so we can prevent the crimes from occurring over a period of time. I'm never going to tell you that I can prevent every crime that's not the case but what we can do is make sure that we're there quickly to prevent the next crime from occurring," said JPSO Interim Sheriff Joseph Lopinto.

The patrols will run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings throughout the holiday season.

They will encompass all of the major thoroughfares in the parish including Veterans and Clearview Boulevards on the Eastbank, Terry Parkway, Barataria and Lapalco Boulevards on the Westbank, and Clearview, Lakeside, and Oakwood Malls.