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BCPD deploys Armed Robbery Task Force to protect businesses, shoppers during holidays

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Armed Robbery Task Force officer meets with local business owner on Shed Rd. in Bossier City. Armed Robbery Task Force officer meets with local business owner on Shed Rd. in Bossier City.
BOSSIER CITY, La. -

As you're hitting the stores this holiday, rest assured Bossier authorities are stepping up patrols to keep you safe.

The Bossier City Police Department's Armed Robbery Task Force announced today that it will be deploying additional officers beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, and lasting through the end of the year.

The purpose is to deter hold-ups at local businesses, as well as other crimes during the holiday season.

Now in its 27th year, officers say it also helps create valuable relationships with the community.

"It's just like building a friendship. The more you come in, the more you establish a friendship with each other, you trust each other and the relationship goes from there. They call in a lot of tips," says BCPD Cpl. Scott Wells.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is also kicking off its "Smart Shopper Program" at midnight on Thanksgiving.

The program will be in coordination with the BCPD Task Force, concentrating on the safety of shoppers in parking lots and other busy areas.

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