- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge’s crime-fighting initiative, BRAVE, is expanding into a second ZIP code area: 70802, the area north of LSU that has been the site of a disproportionate number of the city’s violent crimes.

The project began in Baton Rouge with a $1.5 million federal grant in 2012, focusing on the 70805 ZIP code area in north Baton Rouge. A subsequent $1 million grant last year is helping fund BRAVE’s expansion into the 70802 area.

Taken together, the 70805 and 70802 areas are the site of almost half of the city’s violent crime.

The Advocate reports (https://tinyurl.com/pllbadl ) BRAVE involves pairing law enforcement with community leaders and residents to target those most at-risk of committing crimes and tries to offer alternatives as well as warnings before handing down heightened punishments.

The project compiles data to gauge those most likely to commit violent crimes.

Though BRAVE already has targeted 70802 tangentially - “call-ins” with those most at-risk involved residents from all over Baton Rouge - the new expansion will consist of more BRAVE police patrols as well as marches, gun buy-backs and cleanup days designed to show residents that law enforcement wants to work with neighbors to lower the community’s crime rate.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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