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New Iberia community looks to new police for change

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Some New Iberia residents say they weren't surprised by reports of last night's shooting on Shelton Avenue. 

The New Iberia Police Department starts up in six months, but residents say the wait for Iberia Parish deputies is too long. 

Neighbors all around this block say they're very accustomed to hearing gunshots and desperate for change. At least a dozen neighbors spoke with us off camera, but none wanted to show their faces.

They all had the same reason why. Residents say that whoever is shooting so many of their neighbors may not have a problem coming after them too.

Additionally, residents are concerned that it is taking too long for law enforcement to show up, resulting in no arrests. With a new city police force starting up, neighbors are hoping for a major shift. 

"They should be present enough in the area so when the shooting happens they actually are able to come up right on the scene. I wish that, but it doesn't happen. But we have enough time to shoot and we have enough time to get away because the police are not worried about it honestly," says neighbor Ranada Jones.

KATC has spoken with Todd D'Albor, New Iberia's new police chief previously on the issue of patrols from officers in neighborhoods throughout the city.

The police department will be up and running in July and he says one of his major goals is to find out exactly what each neighborhood deals with and tend to their specific need. 

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