Sheriff’s Office to patrol Prien Lake Mall parking lot

By Special to the American Press

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will again provide security Nov. 23-Dec. 26 at Prien Lake Mall.

Kim Myers, Sheriff’s Office

spokeswoman, said the Robbery Prevention Mobilization Program will help

both deter crime and help

shoppers in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot from noon-10 p.m.

seven days a week. This is the ninth year the Sheriff’s Office

has provided this service.

Deputies, who will wear orange

Sheriff’s Office traffic vests when it gets dark, will patrol the

parking lot on marked ATVs

and patrol cars. They will also staff the Sheriff’s Office’s

Mobile Command Center in the front parking lot of the mall, she

said in an email.

“Deputies ... will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car

if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any

other assistance they can provide,” Myers said.

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in not only assisting shoppers with their problems

and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

Myers stressed that the Sheriff’s Office deputies are not hired by the mall “nor will they be doing security for the mall.”

“The presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot,” she said.

Deputies will also make regular visits

to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to

check with store

clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they

have any special needs. They will also conduct these same checks

at businesses at Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the

Power Centre on La. 14, Myers said.