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New St. Martinville Safe Exchange Zone unveiled Tuesday

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 18:33:04-04

A new Safe Exchange Zone was unveiled on Tuesday, September 24 in St. Martinville.

A ceremony was held at 10 am in the parking lot of the St. Martinville Police Department on Market Street where the safe zone is located.

The zone is under 24-hour surveillance and has been established so that the public can conduct child custody exchanges, face to face online sales and meetings where recorded video surveillance is necessary.

Anyone can use the safe zone and will be available at a first-come, first-served basis.

During the ceremony officials thanked local businesses for their help in funding and designing signage for the area.

"We noticed a lot of exchanges being done online," says Mayor Melinda Mitchell "So we decided to come up with a safe exchange location."

Mitchell adds that the location is a neutral spot in front of the city police station where exchanges can be made safely under surveillance.

"It means people can now feel comfortable and safe while buying and selling items," she says. "To know that we are here to protect them and serve them."

KATC's Jamie Angelle took a closer look at the new safe zone last week.

St. Martinville PD launching Safe Exchange Zone