Across Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany Parish enjoys more than just towering pine trees. A new report gives the parish’s criminal justice system high marks. “The good news in St. Tammany Parish is that the criminal justice system is in pretty good shape,” said Rafael Goyeneche, President of the Metropolitan Crime Commission. He released the assessment which covers years 2013 and 2014 before North Shore business leaders and law enforcement officials.

The report said in 2013 there were 10,505 arrests in the parish according to data from the sheriff’s office and the Slidell and Covington Police Departments. In 2014, the number was only slightly higher at 10,644.

And unlike nearby Orleans Parish violent crimes are rare in St. Tammany.

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