Mayor, DA, others encourage public to use ‘Crimestoppers,’ tip lines

Published 12:12 pm Friday, September 24, 2021

Dozens of law enforcement officials, government representatives and other community shareholders came together Tuesday afternoon to express their concerns about the recent trend of shootings and other violence in Washington Parish.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette was among the speakers at a press conference held in front of Bogalusa City Hall.

“The recent surge in violent crime that threatens the way of life in the city of Bogalusa is a problem that will not be tolerated,” she said. “Rest assured that every effort is currently being made to effectively curtail the scourge of drug activity and crime in Bogalusa.”

Perrette also noted that cooperation from the public can be a large help in fighting the crime problem. She encouraged citizens to contact law enforcement agencies if they ever have information that could be helpful toward the solving of a crime. Tips can be left anonymously.

She also suggested that citizens can use the non-profit agency, Crimestoppers GNO (Greater New Orleans), if they are worried about even more anonymity.

Crimestoppers will never ask for a citizen’s name, and those who give tips will not be asked to testify. In addition, sometimes tips can earn cash rewards of up to $2,500.

Citizens who wish to contact Crimestoppers can call 504-822-1111, visit online at crimestoppersgno.org, or download the Crimestoppers app.

“Those giving information will remain anonymous, and you just may be the break that is needed to bring to justice those who have until now acted with impunity because of the fear they invoke.”

Parish President Richard “Ned” Thomas Jr. also spoke Tuesday, noting that he has children and grandchildren and can’t “imagine the pain” of losing a loved one to violence or a life of crime.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery said that the crime problem has “reached a boiling point.”

“We have got to stand up and work together,” he said. “This is ‘D-Day’ for violent crime in Bogalusa.”

Although they did not speak, many other local officials were in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference as well. They included Bogalusa City Schools superintendent Lisa Tanner, State Rep. Malinda White, State Sen. Beth Mizell, Franklinton Mayor Greg Route, Bogalusa Police Chief Kendall Bullen and Bogalusa City Court Judge David Merlin Duke, among others.