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Operation: Clean Sweep

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Local and state officials announce initiative to improve parish’s appearance

Local and state officials have united for an initiative that will turn public places into beautiful spaces.

Operation: Clean Sweep is a multi-agency project that will join the City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish Police Jury, Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for a little spring cleaning. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said the plan is to engage all available resources to make Bossier “really shine” and show people “how nice the city and parish look once it is clean.”

“We want people to take pride in their own city. The more pride they have, the less crime we have,” Whittington added. “Bossier is a great place to live and work, and it needs to look it.”

Each agency has a role to fill — Bossier City will run its street sweepers and mowers; LA DOTD will take care of the grass on the interstates; and the Sheriff’s Office will pick up garbage. Bossier Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker said local agencies, such as Keep Bossier Beautiful, and community volunteers do a great job in their efforts to preserve Bossier.

However, he’s calling all citizens to step up and do their part.

“We really need our citizens to get involved, and not just a one-time thing, but year round,” Walker added.

Operation: Clean Sweep is also one big push to clean Bossier before the Defenders of Liberty Air Show and Open House returns to Barksdale Air Force Base Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.

A public rally will be held Saturday, April 12, at the Sheriff’s Substation on Viking Drive. The event, which coincides with the national Great American Cleanup, will be an opportunity for volunteers to gather, disperse and clean up Bossier.

“Anyone able to pick up trash is welcome,” Whittington said. “Together, we can keep Bossier clean for our residents and visitors.”