Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington releases the 2020 crime statistics for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office which show a nine percent decrease in overall crime in Bossier Parish when compared to 2019.
Overall, there were 1,090 crimes reported in 2020, compared with 1,204 crimes in 2019, showing the nine percent decrease. Over the past two years, the decrease has been even more significant, as violent and property crimes have decreased 27 percent since 2018, falling from 1,494 crimes to 1,090.
“Public safety is our top priority in Bossier Parish, and I am quite proud of our team of deputies and staff members who diligently work around the clock for the people of Bossier Parish,” said Sheriff Whittington. “Strict enforcement of the law and zero tolerance for those who commit crime is the way we operate.”
Violent crimes – homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated burglary, simple assault, aggravated assault, and intimidation – showed a dramatic decrease of 24 percent; in 2019, there were 700 cases in Bossier Parish, and in 2020, there were 530 cases. Most of the violent crime categories decreased last year. There was one homicide in Bossier Parish, and an arrest was made.
Property crimes – burglary, purse snatching, shoplifting, theft, theft from an auto, auto access theft, and auto theft – showed an overall increase of 11 percent; in 2019, there were 504 cases in Bossier Parish, and in 2020, there were 560 cases.
“In 2020, our nation dealt the COVID, protesting and rioting, and a contentious national election,” said Sheriff Whittington. “But through it all, we remain committed to public safety. The job our deputies and staff do each and every day is exemplary, and we are grateful for our residents who support and appreciate law and order.”
These are crime statistics which are reported to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and are for Bossier Parish and the unincorporated portions of the parish.
“Your safety is our top priority,” emphasized Sheriff Whittington. “We are committed to keeping Bossier a safe place to live.”