Murder rate in the Capitol City drops drastically, officals credit BRAVE program

Murder rate in the Capitol City drops drastically, officals credit BRAVE program
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Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 7:52pm

For the first time in years, Baton Rouge has seen a double digit drop in the murder rate

Like any father, Charles May wants what's best for his two children.

"It’s very important that my kids are somewhere where they can play and they don't have to worry about danger," shared May.

But living in one of the most violent areas of the Capitol City leaves him worrying about them often, that's why it was a welcome relief to hear that murders in the city were down close to 30 percent from 2012 to 2013.

"It’s a good thing, a really good thing, because there were a lot of murders, a lot of things going on. And it's good to see they're out more to prevent the murders. "

Though it's still early in the game, District Attorney Hillar Moore said the decrease in numbers probably has a lot to do with the roll-out of the brave program.

"The community really has embraced this idea and everybody really is standing together as one, which has never really happened in recent past, and delivering that same message, especially in the call-in's has proved successful for us," said Moore.

Either way, for the first time, in a long time the capitol city is seeing fewer murders than the year before.

"You’ve hopefully saved 18 lives of people who have not been killed, you've also saved families and money and the economic impact. But on the other hand, you've also saved 18 other people or possibly more, from going to jail for the rest of their lives," explained Moore.

The BRAVE program started unofficially in September of 2012 , so this is the first full year of data officials have to examine.

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