Quantcast

Questions rev over Shreveport City Marshal's DARE car - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Questions rev over Shreveport City Marshal's DARE car

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La -

Is a sports car a legitimate purchase by the office of Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell? You may have seen the car at a parade since it appears that's the only time Caldwell takes off the wraps.

Caldwell had no comment and would not face our camera at Monday's Krewe of Harambee Parade, where his shiny Camaro was ready to roll. It has official logos from for the marshal's office, as well as D.A.R.E., law enforcement's anti-drug program for schools. That's despite the fact no one at Caldwell's office is a certified D.A.R.E. officer. Yet Caldwell calls it his "D.A.R.E. car" on his office's Facebook page.

"I don't see how it can be a D.A.R.E. car," says Joey Hester, a former deputy marshal under Caldwell. "There's no D.A.R.E. officers. There's no D.A.R.E. program. As far as I know it's never been used for D.A.R.E."

Hester is running against his old boss in this year's election. Caldwell let Hester go last fall because of a supposed budget cut. But Hester had clashed with Caldwell over policy.

And about that Camaro?

"It's basically a sports car for parades," Hester says. "That's all it's ever been used for."

Caldwell was so miffed by our KTBS 3 News camera's presence that he walked away from the parade. The Camaro rolled without him. Then the only sign of Caldwell at the parade was his face on a billboard hauled by a pickup on the route. 

Caldwell later replied to questions via fax, saying in part, "The D.A.R.E. car is shared with the Shreveport Police. When they need it they ask and we let them use it."

But when we asked the SPD's D.A.R.E. supervisor if in fact they use the marshal's D.A.R.E. car, Sgt. Alan Crump gave a one word answer -- "No."

The marshal's Facebook page shows Caldwell posing with the Camaro at parades after he used office funds to buy it on New Year's day, 2011, for the price of $25,421. That's an amount Hester calls "a waste."

"Why would you have a souped up sports car for a parade when you could actually hire another deputy to help enforce the 28,000 city warrants that are out there, or add extra security for the courthouse?" Hester says.

When there's no parade, the so-called D.A.R.E. car sits under a cover in the sally port at the marshal's office.

Hester says that raises security concerns. He says the sally port is designed for the transfer of inmates for city court, some of whom await felony charges. They have to be transferred out in the open, putting them, the deputies, and the public possibly at risk, Hester says.

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:12:16 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:00:16 GMT
    Viewer's petsViewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:44:11 GMT
    DJanaeDJanae
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Pilot program through Volunteers of America works to prevent drop-outs in local schools

    Pilot program through Volunteers of America works to prevent drop-outs in local schools

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-31 11:48:45 GMT
    (Photo source: Volunteers of America)(Photo source: Volunteers of America)
    Education and skills training beyond high school isn't even a consideration for a startling number of students.
    Education and skills training beyond high school isn't even a consideration for a startling number of students.
  • Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:27:55 GMT
    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
  • Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:53:10 GMT
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File