POSTED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 4:42pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Mike Walker told NBC33 what his top priority would be if he becomes the next Mayor-President: crime. That's why he's introduced a nine point plan he says would make the parish safer. Step one is putting more cops out on the streets.
"Your city can't be safe and the activities in your city aren't safe, if you don't have enough police officers out on the street to protect the public," says Walker.
He would also add officers to both the narcotics and street operations units. Another part of his plan is to spend a couple million dollars to keep the misdemeanor jail open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"What we're doing when we're not going after all of the little things is we're creating a society that's setting ourselves up for larger crimes to be committed. And we're creating a culture of lawlessness and disdain for the law," says Walker.
Walker's also focusing on the parish's traffic problem. He says the Green Light Project hasn't gone far enough.
"What we've done is increased capacity, but we haven't decreased volumes. We've got to start really coming up with ways to decrease volume such as bypasses," states Walker.
And he believes the relationships he's formed during his three terms on the Metro Council will help to get those goals accomplished.
"I have no padlocks on my door. They can come [and] visit with me and communicate with me at all times. And they know I’ll walk across the hall and visit with them also. Which the mayor-president has never done," says Walker.