Peppered every year among the thousands of Independence Day Festival goers are the boys in blue- members of local law enforcement agencies.
Shreveport Police always has a presence downtown and along the riverfront, but come Thursday, July 4, the number of uniformed officers will increase about fivefold.
While many will be keeping the peace, SPD says the family-friendly Independence Day Festival is generally calm and requires less police presence than the city's biggest events: Mardi Gras parades.
"Sometimes people tend to get a little disorderly," says SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines. "That's something that we're going to try to prevent this year by just having the mere presence of officers."
Many of the 60 or so officers will be on the streets and at the intersections to guide cars along road blocks and direct foot traffic.
"While there will be a larger scale of people in the area, generally we think they're well prepared to deal with that traffic." Hines says.
These officers- mostly volunteering for the extra job- receive overtime pay and work four to six hour shifts. SPD stresses that these are additional units, and manpower will remain at usual levels in other areas of the city.
"It's a constant learning process for us and we're certainly not afraid to tweak things that need tweaking," Sgt. Bill Goodin says
The following streets will be shut down at starting at noon July 4th in Shreveport:
Bossier City authorities hope new traffic configurations near the Louisiana Boardwalk and Margaritaville will ease congestions.
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