Starting the day after Thanksgiving sheriff's deputies will deploy an armed robbery task force in Bossier parish.
Authorities will patrol area businesses in marked and unmarked vehicles in order to deter robberies.
"We want our residents and businesses to know that our deputies will be on the streets with targeted patrols to combat crime so that folks can enjoy this holiday season," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington."Public safety is my top goal throughout the year, but ramping up our efforts to keep robberies from occurring as people are out and about shopping for the holidays provides that extra precaution.It also sends a strong message to would-be robbers that we will not tolerate criminal behavior."
The task force which runs through the end of the year, also will focus on apprehending criminals and bringing them to justice.