Educating the community: local organizations inform people about crime prevention

Educating the community: local organizations inform people about crime prevention
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:15pm

Unfortunately, crime does happen every day in our communities, and from time to time even in our schools. But local organizations are doing their part to help put a stop to it, which is why they hosted a community meeting in Zachary Wednesday.

Organizations like Crime Stoppers and I-Care can't work without help from the community. That's why they want to make sure everyone, not only knows they exist, but understands exactly how they work.

Crime Stoppers. It's something most of us have heard of, but some don't know a lot about. They've been around for more than 30 years and have helped law enforcement officials solve around 98% of crimes in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

"We wouldn't have a program if we didn't have the calls coming in from the community. It's unfortunate that there are crimes happening daily on school campuses. You're hearing about a shooting or a gun found on campus," Don Stone, coordinator of the Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers, said.

However, some people don't really know how it works. So, that's why they're here at the Chaneyville Community Center in Zachary.

"They can learn how to use it, and they can learn to trust us," Stone said.

That's why an organization called I-Care decided to do a series of workshops to inform the community about problems in our community, like crime, bullying and drugs.

"So we challenged them to do a series of parent presentations that are relevant to them and their children," Gwenn Shamlin, the director of I-Care said.

Quiaonta Covington's a senior at Northeast High, and she joined I-Care because she simply wanted to make a difference.

"The biggest issue is peer pressure and smoking weed," Covington said. "I joined I-Care because I had anger issues and self-esteem and I wanted to change."

For Ali Rogers, she appreciates I-Care and Crime Stoppers for taking time out to inform people out here in Zachary about crime prevention because it's a need.

"Introducing so many people that us our here in this rural area doesn't know about." "It was very, very rewarding to me, and I would like a lot more of this stuff to go on out here in our community," Rogers said.

Wednesday's meeting is part of a series of workshops. The next one will be held at the Jones Creek Library. The March 11th workshop will focus on underage drinking. 

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