Rise in juvenile crime is no surprise to authorities

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 6:47 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - This year, we’ve seen multiple reports of juvenile crimes, and Lake Charles police say a rise in juvenile crimes is something that doesn’t surprise them.

“We’ve seen it for the past several years. Even prior to me taking over as chief, when I was deputy chief, we noticed a rise in juvenile crime,” Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell said.

Caldwell believes those committing these crimes are only living up to expectations.

“I believe that these people who are committing these crimes are living up to those expectations,” Caldwell said. “I believe that their role models expect them to be gangsters, to be thugs. And they are doing just that.”

Caldwell said it doesn’t matter what law is put into place, a crime will still be committed.

“I don’t believe that any law is going to affect change in this group of people that I’m talking about,” Caldwell said. “They are going to break the law, and the law is not going to compel them to do one thing or the other.”

Director of Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services Anthony Celestine wants those juveniles to know that there is help available.

“Our goal is basically just to place them in appropriate programs and services that will lead to better outcomes for them,” Celestine said.

A list of services available through the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services HERE.

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