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State Rep. Rhonda Butler updates on efforts to combat crime in Ville Platte

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 22:47:09-05

The day after Ville Platte residents filled the town's Civic Center to voice their concerns about recent crime in the city, State Representative Rhonda Butler updated her constituents on efforts of city and parish officials to combat those issues.

Butler said in a Facebook post that she spoke with Police Chief Neil Lartigue Friday morning, who has reached out to Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau for additional officers in the city.

She said that, "Within a few hours, their paperwork will be in and immediately ready to go to work."

Rep. Butler added that she had reached out to other area parishes and outside resources for help with management and budgeting purposes.

"I want you to know my Advisory Council and I have been working diligently with the businesses and parish leaders to combine our knowledge, experience, and resources to continue the efforts in making this a better parish," her statement finishes.

In February, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said she was considering calling in the State Police or National Guard to help with the crime in the city.

Several local businesses have been burglarized in recent weeks, including one that owners say was broken into three times in the past month.