BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – As cities across the country face rising crime rates, so too does Baton Rouge.
But what exactly are you doing to be a solution to the problem?
One group tries to go door to door and help solve the root causes of crime in some of the most violent places in Baton Rouge.
One by one and decked out in vests. The Baton Rouge Community Street Team may be small now, but they are looking to make a big impact.
“By providing these resources to people in the community, it gives us a better chance to build community and fight this violence,” said Dana Winbush, member of the Baton Rouge community street team.
The Street Team is a community-based public safety initiative, in partnership with Safe Hopeful Healthy BR Imitative of Mayor-President Broome.
They are trained to deal effectively with violence in postal codes 70802 and 70805.
“Every time we get a call we have to go see a young black man lying on this floor like that. We see that, man, there has to be some kind of change that has to happen. And it has to happen now, not later. It affects us all because it could have been my brother, it could have been my cousin, it could have been my father, ”said Darius Crockett, member of the Baton Rouge community street team.
According to the mayor’s office, the group is made up of trusted community members with the connections needed to defuse conflict and direct residents in crisis to available resources.
The group surveys the neighborhoods every Monday.
“And then we do the high-risk intervention work, regarding the violence in the city and the murders. We try to defuse the problem before it happens, ”Crockett said.
The group is definitely not the police, we know that. But they try to reach as many people as possible, before a crime is committed, and the police should then intervene.
“We have probably reached around 1,200 families in a short period of time on the streets. About 1,200 families, ”Winbush said.
They just hope their efforts make a little dent in the city’s crime rate.
“Just the six of us. But we’re going to keep trying, we’re going to keep doing it, “Winbush said.
Members hope this program will expand to other communities and become a long-term solution to tackling violence in the city.
According to the East Baton Rouge coroner’s office, 125 homicides have been investigated in the parish so far in 2021.
In 2020, there were 136 homicides.
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