New Orleans—A new initiative by New Orleans police... aims to keep neighborhoods safer.
It involves more personal interaction with the community.
New Orleans police are parking their cars and beating the streets.
They're going door to door, and meeting face to face, with people in the communities they protect and serve.
Its called community policing, a tool favored by Police Chief Ronal Serpas.
But unlike, the routine police crime walks, this new initiative, involves the dissemination of information, through posters, flyers, and pamphlets.
Officers are also passing along information in perhaps the most effective way, by simply talking.
"Don't leave stuff in plain view, your windows down, door unlocked," officer Kenneth Gill said.
"And people in this neighborhood say these face to face meetings with police are long overdue," WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter said.
"You can speak to policemen and policemen won't speak back to you, so they got to be more flexible and get to know people in the neighborhood," resident Wayne Tournee said.
Donovan Caesar is fed-up with crime.
"There was a drug dispute that occurred right there. There were a bunch of kids who got in a car and shot at a bunch of other kids," Caesar said.
He is skeptical about door to door police visits.
He thinks that once television news cameras go away, so too will the police presence; and crime will show its ugly face all over again.
"It's tempting no one should have to live hearing gunshots on a regular basis. It's like a war zone type feeling," said Caesar.
But officers say this is not temporary.
"It won't just be today it will be three days a week in different communities within Orleans Parish," Officer Gill said.
The plan here is to foster better relationships between the community and police. The overall goal is to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
"I believe that can help if we constantly do it and they see we're serious about preventing crime in their neighborhood," Officer Gill said.
Police will record a wide range of complaints during the community walks. The information will later be passed along to the appropriate divisions.