The New Iberia Police Department has only been patrolling the streets for 10 days, but some believe its making all the difference.
Rebecca Holleman who is the owner of Beau Soliel in New Iberia says her restaurant had broken into several times but the suspects were never caught.
“We’ve had the guy on camera and everything and nothing had ever come of it.” said Holleman.
Tuesday morning at 4AM, Holleman found out that someone tried to break into her restaurant again.
“I immediately called my mom to go stay with the kids and by the time I got here. They had 4 deputie cars here already with the guys already in the backseat of the car.” she said.
Thanks to NIPD’s quick action, Holleman has a new sense of comfort.
“It made me feel really good to know that when I got here, everything was already taken care of. I feel safe and I’ve talked to a lot of my peers and other people who feel much safer. You see them patrolling everywhere and it seems like they are ready to take care of business.” Holleman explained.
Mayor Freddie Decourt who pushed for the city police to return last year says this is exactly what he envisioned.
“Our patrol men are stepping up. They are really out in the community and our dispatchers because you have to remember we didn’t have that either. Those people have come on board. Dispatch is doing a great job.” said Mayor Decourt
So far that’s panning out.
“It’s very reassuring to know that they have people taking care of us that care about the public.” added Holleman
Beau Soleil gave one of every item on their menu to the police department as a reward.