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Lake Arthur Police to start Elderly Welfare Checks

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LAKE ARTHUR, La. -

Lake Arthur's new police chief is starting a program to reach out to older residents in his town.

"The new chief has got a lot of ideas and his first idea was the elderly, and that touched my heart," says dispatcher Maydell Jones.

Police Chief Kobi Turner is starting elderly welfare checks in Lake Arthur. 

"Every morning my dispatchers will go through a list of people and they will make calls and ask how their morning is going. If everything is good, we'll move on to the next person and if they don't answer or if something is wrong then we'll send an officer out to their house and we'll go check on them," says Turner.

It's a service that is beginning after Turner received a simple request. 

"There's a lot of people who direct messaged me and said 'hey, look, my parent lives alone how do I go about doing this," says Turner.

"A lot of the elderly don't have family or they do have family but they are here and there and they work. So if nobody goes and checks up on them, we can at least say that we've made contact with them at least once during that day," says Jones.

Now officers are compiling a list of elderly people. To submit a name, simply call the department at 337-774-2411 or leave a private message on the police department's Facebook page. Officers will check on those people every day and hopefully bring smiles to their faces. 

"Some elderlies just would like to hear a voice on the other line, just to know that somebody cares about them, and they're going to know that that's us," says Jones.

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