We've got a lot of big events coming up soon, and Bossier Parish officials want to make a good impression on our visitors.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, Police Jury President Wanda Bennett, and representatives from Louisiana DOTD and Keep Bossier Beautiful have come together to make a pledge to clean up the streets of Bossier City.

"We're going to do our part, but we need the public's help," said Sheriff Whittington. "First off, don't litter. If you do see some litter, pick it up. From a law enforcement standpoint, we know there is a direct correlation between trashy, junky areas and crime."

Mayor Walker praised the efforts of groups who volunteer to clean, like KBB Vice President Chris Opp, and members Tom Lawson and Wayne Rathbun, who's also from Progressive Waste Solutions.

"We've made tremendous improvement over the last years through volunteers like this, and I can't say enough about the volunteers that we've got," Walker said. "They do a super job, and we couldn't do what we do without them, and we do appreciate them."

Sheriff Whittington reminds us, too, that there are still flood victims who need our help right now.

"A lot of people are really suffering," Sheriff Whittington said. "We are going to go do a private project this Saturday for a lady really in need, and I would just encourage all of our citizens and fellow Bossierites to pitch in and help a neighbor where you can, whether it’s painting, cleaning their yard, or whatever you can do…I know they would greatly appreciate it."

We've got concerts coming up this month at Centurylink Center. We've got the big Defenders of Liberty Air Show going on at Barksdale Air Force Base. We want visitors to leave knowing that we as Bossier citizens care about our community. Public officials are doing their part...it's time to do ours. 'Lit-R-Done,' Bossier!

Here's more information from a sheriff's office news release:

Each year, inmate work crews pick up some 48,000 bags of trash on more than 2,000 miles of roadways to complement the parish and state beautification and cleanup efforts.

 

Residents can come by any of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office substations and pick up large trash bags for your neighborhood or community cleanup efforts. You can then drop off your filled bags and litter into a dumpster provided by Progressive Waste Solutions that will be located at the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City on April 9-10; please no large appliances, furniture or hazardous materials.