The Bayou Vista Police Department is fully aware of the recent incidents occurring within the city.
First, let me say—we are taking measures to apprehend the actors involved. I will not/cannot give out details to an ongoing investigation as it will undermine the investigation. I will say there are numerous agencies working with us to try and solve these crimes. These incidents are not just happening here in our city—this is a problem county-wide.
Second, let me say this—you are our best partners in protecting our city. Please, please, do not feel you are “bothering us” by calling for our services. If you observe anything you feel is suspicious, dial 911 immediately.
When you call 911, this provides us the best opportunity to catch the actors. IF IT IS SUSPICIOUS TO YOU, WE NEED TO BE ADVISED. Recently, we were able to catch two burglary suspects before they could even leave the city because a resident called us immediately on seeing it happen. Both suspects were arrested and the property was returned to the rightful owner in a matter of two hours.
PLEASE DON’T WAIT TO CALL 911. DO NOT CONFRONT ANY SUSPICIOUS PERSONS ON YOUR PROPERTY OR YOUR NEIGHBOR’S PROPERTY. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. TELL DISPATCH WHAT YOU SEE, WHAT THEY ARE WEARING, WHAT VEHICLE THEY ARE DRIVING, ETC. THESE DETAILS HELP US TREMENDOUSLY.
Due to the events happening nationwide, criminals have become emboldened. Most criminals are armed in some manner and will not hesitate to use a weapon against you. Your Police Department is trained and equipped to handle these criminals.
I would hate for any of our residents to be injured or become involved in years of legal trouble because they didn’t want to call 911. A thousand criminals are not worth one of our residents.
As the holiday season rolls on, crimes like we have been experiencing always rise, and the situation with COVID 19 has only made criminals more desperate. Please call the Bayou Vista Police Department if you observe anything you feel needs to be checked out.
The Bayou Vista Police Department wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year.
If anyone has specific concerns they would like addressed, please feel free to come by the Police Department office. I am available to meet with you at any time. If you cannot make it during normal hours, please let me know and I will adjust my hours to be able to meet with you. Of course, you may always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for you time,
Chief Jimmie Gillane
Bayou Vista Police Department.