Talking about crime; how do we make BR safer?

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POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:34pm

Drugs and a lack of role models; that's what Police Chief Dewayne White says play a part in violence that seems to be out of control in Baton Rouge. Those who experience the violence first-hand say initiatives such as the BRAVE Project can only do so much, and they want to see more to curb the violence.

Tyleshia London lost her cousin because of violence in Baton Rouge.

“The crime in Baton Rouge is really ridiculous,” London said. “Every day somebody’s getting shot. Somebody’s getting killed. What's the problem?”

Friday, July 27, Chief Dewayne White, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and District Attorney Hillar Moore answered London's question on the radio.

"You know, you have the gangster lifestyle that these young kids are looking up to and trying to emulate,” Chief White, said. “They come from broken homes. They don't have a role model.”

Chief White, along with the Sheriff and District Attorney say growing up in certain parts of Baton Rouge, kids see violence and they learn that's just the right way to do things.

“These kids are not being taught - there are no consequences for their action because they're raised by someone older and they're incapable of providing those consequences,” Chief White continued.

London agrees.

“As they’re coming up they're really going to do with they see mom, dad, sis, bro, cousin do,” she said.

But law enforcement says they know finding kids the right role models won't happen overnight.

That’s why they're on the ground now launching new anti violence efforts to get a handle on the crime. And according to police, it's working.

District Attorney Moore says since launching the BRAVE project in the 70805 zip code they've seen some different in violence. That's something the sheriff says needs to keep happening.

“You can’t just go in an area and make those efforts and just totally remove yourself from the area.”

London says with parents themselves staying out trouble and getting their kids to the classroom instead of on the street.
“If they was better educated they would really have a way out, they wouldn't have to steal, rob or kill,” she said.

And for police working the streets, Baton Rouge could become a little bit safer. It’s something London, along with countless others, say desperately needs to happen.

“It’s vicious. It needs to stop badly.”
As for the BRAVE program and how long that will continue, law enforcement finds out in September if they've been approved for the grant to cover the project. If not, they could look to taxpayers to help foot the bill.

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