Chief White discusses plan for crime reduction in 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 7:30pm

As 2011 moves further in the rear view mirror, Chief Dewayne White and the Baton Rouge Police Department say they're starting 2012 with one main focus.

“At the end of 2012, we'll see a reduction in crime.”

To do that, the chief says he's planning a list of things on and off the streets. That means watching trends, reassigning staff, and focusing more efforts in high crime areas.

“It’s those grassroots campaigns where you get down to the street level dealer,” he explained.

It’s a focus that’s already seeing results.

On one street, they applauded us for getting the drug dealer,” White says.

White's also demanding more from the people we rely on to keep us safe in Baton Rouge.

“More officer accountability - more professionalism - and definitely more disciple within the rank and files of the baton rouge police department - anything other than that is unacceptable,” he added.

But Chief White says the violent crime issue in the Capitol City is something his department can't handle alone because, “everything can't be shouldered by the police department.”

White says it takes discipline and lessons from home through “more responsible parents, more responsible adults.”

In the classroom, White wants to get into local schools and classrooms - including kindergarten and first grade. He wants teachers and parents to start mentoring and start teaching them, early, with one main lesson.

“People need to understand that conflict resolution doesn't necessarily need to use a gun to end the conflict,” he explained.
White says from parents to police, there are many groups of people who need to work together to make 2012 and every year safer.

“We all have to be somehow interconnected - we all have to work in partnership with one another.”

A job White says he knows is a big one, but one he's determined to finish.

“There's no job that can't be done if you have the proper attitude, determination, and perseverance to see it through,” White concluded.

White continued to say that like any department, officers on the streets would do nothing but help.

Right now, there are about 650 uniformed officers. The department can have about 670. But White says to help get the job done, he would like 800.

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