Police departments from across the parish have integrated their Crimeview maps onto one central Web site. A program that started last year, Crimeview gives residents the ability to pull up maps pinpointing specific crimes in their neigborhood, from traffic incidents to homicides, in near real time. The site does not provide police reports or any specifics about crimes beyond time and location. New features now allow for crime comparisons between municipalities and council districts. The sheriff’s office says Crimeview is “a tool to create an awareness of crime in the areas where we live, work, learn or spend leisure time.”
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.