Port Arthur officials increase efforts to decrease violence

Tuesday morning Port Arthur Mayor Deloris "Bobbie" Prince, city council members, law enforcement and community members gathered at the Prince Hall Village Apartments To discuss the recent violence plaguing the city.

Last week 12news spoke to Prince Hall resident Latisha Montgomery, who said she and her three small children slept on the floor for fear of being hit by a stray bullet. Montgomery attended today's press conference.  Says she's seen Port Arthur Police officers step up patrols in her neighborhood, but she hopes it continues.

"It's quiet now but who's to say next week it won't start all over again so we're just asking the law enforcements to keep doing their job like they're doing now. We appreciate them and we're thankful for them," said Montgomer Tuesday.

Mayor Prince says she wants the public to know the violence Will not be tolerated.

Police officers say they will look for the maximum penalty for those who they find involved in the violence.

The sheriff's office is providing additional patrol for support.


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