Team of deputies stops crime before it starts

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POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 2:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:48am

As the violence continues to hold steady in Baton Rouge, a group of people fight to stay ahead of it every single day. A special group of East Baton Rouge's Sheriff's deputies proactively work to rid the streets of crime.

Scott Courrege always knew he wanted to be a deputy. He's been in law enforcement for ten years, three of them spent in the capitol city. It's his job to keep neighborhoods safe.

He's part of the Specialized Community Anti-crime Team, or S.C.A.T. The group patrols dangerous neighborhoods. They're trained to spot things that are out of the ordinary, things that could lead to arrests. They rely on community involvement to help them get the job done.

"We get to knowpeople in the community and the people in the community trust us," Courrege says. "People start telling us 'Hey! That's a crack house.' So when we start coming into a neighborhood, we can focus on a specific areas. It's a lot more effective."

It's not an easy job. Courrege spends long hours in high-crime neighborhoods, mostly at night. It takes a lot of work to build trust in the communities he patrols,  but he's out there everyday making it happen.

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