POSTED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 8:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — BREC'S Howell Park was filled with music, and a message Saturday let's stop the violence. Families in North Baton Rouge got a change to worship, dine, and have some fun all while helping promote stopping crime. It was all part of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program or B.R.A.V.E.'s Faith , Family, and Fun Day. Dozens of families came out for the event.
"This is awesome this is the community buying in that we are here to help. We are not here to hurt them. We're here to help them they want the violence to stop," Chief Carl Dabadie, Baton Rouge Police Department, said.
B.R.A.V.E. Leaders say events like Faith, Family, and Fun Day help them talk to memebers of the community in a friendly setting.
"Right now the perceptions of B.R.A.V.E. is pretty much misunderstood. They think it's just law enforcement, but really it's community providers, residents like themselves and a whole host of people that really care about each other and want to decrease crime in the community," Herbert "Tweety" Anny, B.R.A.V.E. program director, said.
The faith based community is one of the groups helping B.R.A.V.E.
Pastor Benjamin Harrison, Jr. , Apostolic Restoration Church, explained, "I've seen a huge change in the community with young people coming out and trying to be involved in the activities, and also I've seen just the enthusiasm. "
Pastors work with the B.R.A.V.E. program to help spread the message of non violence to a larger audience...
"Each faith based person regardless of their denomination have a whole audience every week that listens to them," Anny said.
"Since they respect their pastors more than they do any other entity it's important for us as pastors to preach the non violence message," Harrison said.
Pastor Ruth Brown, Fruit of the Spirit Ministries said, "We believe in God that we are going to take the communities back. We are going to go into homes and where ever we need to go to bring love back into the city. to let people know it's not about killing it's about love. "
Community leaders said the program is working.
"We're seeing a difference now we have a long way to go. The studies really show that when a community respects law enforcement and law enforcement respects the community they'll obey. People will obey the law and that's what it's all about just mutual respect," Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney, said.
You can learn more about B.R.A.V.E. by clicking here.