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Layrisson: "If we want safer community, stop the casino"

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 | Views: 7238

Layrisson: "If we want safer community, stop the casino"

PONCHATOULA---Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson said Monday that if Tangipahoa wants a "safer community" the parish should stop entertaining plans to build a casino in the Robert area.

In a statement issued to the press Monday afternoon, Layrisson cites studies on the relationship between casinos and crime, and he says Tangipahoa residents deserve "safer streets than a casino community can offer."

Layrisson is the first public official to openly oppose the proposal by which Peninsula Pacific may relocate its riverboat license from the Bossier area to south Tangipahoa Parish, pending approval of the Louisiana Legislature and a vote of the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish.

Layrisson's unedited statement is shown in its entirety below:

Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson is the only local elected official to take a stand against the controversial casino proposal in Robert. "Casinos cause crime," said Layrisson. "If we want a safer community, then we should stop the casino before it's too late."

Chief Layrisson cited studies by professors at the University of Georgia and Baylor University that show casinos cause about 8% of all crime in the counties where they are located. "An increase in violent crime is unacceptable," said Layrisson. "From a community safety perspective, the casino is a bad idea. Our people deserve safer streets than a casino community can offer."