Operation Clean Sweep to help clean up Bossier this weekend

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Deputies and staff with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office will be taking to the streets of Bossier City for “Operation Clean Sweep” this weekend to help spruce up the city.

The team of volunteers will trade in their gun belts and uniforms for trash bags, gloves and trash pick-up sticks as they participate in the “Great American Cleanup 2017.”  They will meet Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Viking Drive Substation and then head out to various areas in the city that have accumulated trash and then clean it up. 

The team will then bring the bags of trash and other debris back to the substation, where they will dump it into a 30-yard roll-off dumpster provided by Waste Connections, Inc.

“Our inmate work crews already pick up nearly 50,000 bags of trash on about 2,000 miles of public roadways each year,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “The volunteer team of deputies and staff who are going to pick up trash Saturday are going the extra mile to help clean up some of the busy intersections and areas where trash accumulates.

“Just drive down any major roadway in the city, and you’ll see paper, trash bags, cans, all sorts of items that have either blown into a nearby field or onto a fence line…and it’s an eyesore.  We want to do our part and hope others will join in to clean up their own neighborhoods to keep Bossier Parish looking good.”

The first thing residents can do it simply not litter.  “But, if you do see litter, pick it up.  From a law enforcement standpoint, we know there is a direct correlation between trashy, junky areas and crime.”