Baton Rouge's BRAVE project is focusing on one area of the city at a time to reduce violence, gun offenses, and arrests while involving the community to help spread the “no violence” message and offering help to offenders who want to change.
With strategic advising from the National Network, Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) is focusing on one area of the city at a time to reduce violence, gun offenses and arrests while involving the community to help spread the “no violence” message. The project aims to change community norms, provide alternatives for group members, and increase awareness among group members that the risk of sanction has grown significantly.
BRAVE engages in community and educational activities to increase the social cohesion of the community and forge the development of an authentic community-police partnership, coordination of social services, and implementation of a focused approach to policing.
Below is a September 23, 2014 "call-in" meeting at which Baton Rouge community members, law enforcement, and social service providers join together and use the National Network's method of communicating directly with active gang and street group members.
"Two-and-a-half years after Baton Rouge launched a crime-fighting experiment aimed at convincing young gang members to walk away from their groups, 33 people have put down their weapons and embraced social services offered by law enforcement and community members, officials said."
BRAVE and a new Crime Strategy Unit in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana State University's sociology department is working toward reducing crime through the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project.
Due to the initiative's recent success, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team expanded its' efforts to cover the second most violent area of the city. BRAVE now covers the areas that account for over 50 percent of Baton Rouge’s violent crime.
GVI efforts in Louisiana's two largest cities has produced a prominent national award for New Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore. DA Leon Cannizzaro’s work with GVRS and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit in New Orleans won recognition from FBI director James B. Comey and the 2014 Director's Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community. This marks the first time a New Orleans district attorney has won the Director's Award. Read the press release here.
Looking to the example of veteran National Network partner High Point Police Department in High Point, North Carolina, East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office' DA Hillar Moore is hoping to adopt a new approach to target chronic domestic violence offenders, expanding on the tactics already in place for the city-parish's anti-group violence initiative, BRAVE, Baton Rouge.
City partners from Baton Rouge traveled to New York for the National Network's Ceasefire University workshop. The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) has already made great strides in reducing the city's homicide rate by implementing the Group Violence Intervention. This workshop focused on assisting BRAVE to institutionalize current methods, track non-fatal shootings, host further call-ins, conduct custom notifications, and strengthen the relationship between police and community members.
Baton Rouge Violence Area Elimination or project researchers focus on "brokers," or people with unique connections to multiple gangs across East Baton Rouge Parish, in order to intervene in patterns of violence within the community.