Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot takes a call at a shooting scene in November in Eunice. Fontenot said FBI statistics show violent crime in Eunice has decreased in the past three years. While Fontenot said he cannot say exactly why the decrease has occurred, but he suspects increased training of officers may be helping reduce the violent crime rate. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Crime in Eunice is down

Crime rates during 2017 continued a downward trend that started in 2015, according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
Fontenot said he cannot say exactly why crime has been dropping since he became chief in 2015.
“What to attribute it to I really can’t tell you. All I know is Eunice has become a safer city the last three years,” he said.
“We did make some minor changes in patrol. We made some changes in response times and there were changes in officers,” he said.

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Louisana’s KKK history recalled after Charlottesville

Focus is back on the Ku Klux Klan following the tragic violence in Charlottesville last week. The Southern Poverty Law Center released data alleging that the Klan is still active in Louisiana, particularly in the central and northwest part of the state.
The Klan had once held a significant presence statewide throughout the first half of the 20th century. But following the enactment of 1964 Civil Rights Act, the FBI was given the authority to crack down on what used to be unevenly enforced state violations, and Klan activity in the Bayou State slowed to a trickle.

Eunice Police officers train to respond to child abductions

Two Eunice Police Department officers completed an FBI training program for the Joint Child Abduction Response Deployment team.
Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said Sgt.Stephanie Myers and Detective Talya Monroe completed the weeklong course held in Lafayette. The training included a mock abduction conducted in Sunset.
The team here is the third in Louisiana, he said. The teams are in the New Orleans and Shreveport-Bossier areas, he said.
About 60 people in Acadaina were trained for the team.

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