Residents react to BRAVE program

Residents react to BRAVE program

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 6:49pm

"We have little children, young children, older children that need some protection," says Carlita Gordon.

Gordon lives in the most dangerous part of Baton Rouge, the 70805 zip code, with her three children. The youngest is just one-year old. The crime problem in her north Baton Rouge neighborhood has gotten so bad that she's afraid to let her children go out alone at night.

'I want that safe environment, not just for my children, but for all the children I see," says Gordon.

The 70805 zip code is less than nine square miles, but it accounts for more than 30% of the homicides that happen here in the Capitol City. And those that live in this area say B.R.A.V.E. can turn that number around.

"We're having more police protection. People will be more aware of what they're doing and they'll start behaving better. It'll make us, the law-abiding  citizens, a lot safer," says Gordon.

She knows that the five police officers that will be in her neighborhood have a big job ahead of them because of the perception many have towards those that are supposed to protect and serve.

"I'm going to protect my own because they may not get here in time or they aren't going  to do anything 'cause it is this community. It may take the police 20 minutes to get to me where in another zip code it may take the police 20 minutes to get to me where in another zip code it may take them five. Why is that?" says Gordon.

She feels that once people understand the details of the program, they will embrace it and understand that cops aren't they're enemies.

"I think they will be the ones that want it to be a better environment, for themselves and their children and their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They want the cop presence," says Gordon

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