08/21/2014 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE – A recent survey of more than 1,000 Baton Rouge residents by the LSU
Public Policy Research Lab indicates that the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination,
or BRAVE, program is held in high regard by the public.
“All of us on the LSU BRAVE Research Team are so pleased with the findings from the
Public Policy Lab,” said Cecile Guin, BRAVE-LSU Research Coordinator. “As project
evaluators, we know that for BRAVE to be successful, the community has to be a part
Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they have heard of BRAVE. Among those respondents,
79 percent believe that BRAVE has had a somewhat or very positive impact on the community,
and a similar number believe BRAVE has been important for the decline in violent crime
that some Baton Rouge neighborhood have seen over the past year. Sixty-seven percent
of the survey respondents agreed that BRAVE has created better relationships between
law enforcement and the residents of the neighborhoods where the program operates.
“The survey results show that BRAVE is on the right track and that our law enforcement,
clergy, neighbors and community leaders are making progress in changing the culture
of violence in Baton Rouge,” Guin said. “BRAVE has a lot of work ahead, but these
preliminary results are very encouraging.”
BRAVE is a unique collaboration between the City of Baton Rouge Police Department,
the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s office, LSU,
and numerous neighborhood and municipal organizations. Under the leadership of the
Mayor-President’s office, the BRAVE program has worked to reduce violent crime in
the 70805 and 70802 communities by implementing principles from the National Network
for Safe Communities Group Violence Reduce program. A key part of the program is awareness
and engagement with community members.
The recent survey results, coupled with crime trends since 2012 for the target communities,
indicate that the program has been achieving success in the target communities.
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014