In New Iberia, police, city leaders, and school board officials discussed ways to reduce crime in the city.
At a crime symposium Thursday, those gathered took a closer look at how to prevent children from getting involved in crime.
Among the ideas discussed, demolishing abandoned homes and starting a hotline to report children on the street during school hours were brought up
School administrators say they are willing to help the new police department any way they can.
"We’re getting ready to welcome in a new police force. And, those individuals need to know that we support their efforts, and they need to know that we certainly need their presence in order to make this place better," said James Russell, III, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance at Iberia Parish Schools