Jan 30, 2013 11:13 AM by Melissa Canone
Between November 23 and December 26, 2012, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.
The deputies were on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the front parking lot of the mall on Prien Lake Road. Deputies, wearing orange Sheriff's Office traffic vests during the evening hours, were available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.
Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:
· 1512 assistance calls
· 2 medical emergencies
· 1116 total business checks
· 2 misdemeanor thefts
· 23 suspicious vehicles
· 5 misdemeanor summons / arrests
· 3 fights
· 102 vehicle-traffic related incidents
CPSO deputies worked this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season. They were not hired by the mall or nor were they doing security for the mall. However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot. This is the ninth year the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has provided this service to the shoppers in the parking lot at the mall.