Baton Rouge Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Collaborate To Target Crime
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he is assigning 25 deputies to supplement the work of five Baton Rouge police officers under a plan targeting crime hot-spots.
Gautreaux said, he also is granting those five Baton Rouge police officers parish-wide jurisdiction.
The new city and parish plan was announced Thursday. It is modeled on the nationally successful CeaseFire community policing program. The Baton Rouge plan is called Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination, or BRAVE, aims to quell violence using a multi-faceted approach.
One element involves the police fostering positive relationships with the members of the community, to encourage them to report criminal activity despite the fear of retaliation.
Another element will be data collection on where and when crimes are committed.