Dr. Rizzuto & Hillar Moore present at Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Symposium in New York

New York12/17/15

On December 3, 2015, Dr. Tracey Rizzuto, Associate Director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), and Hillar C. Moore, III, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney, traveled to New York City at the invitation of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Rizzuto and Moore represented one of only two cities invited to present. Their talk, entitled Focused Deterrence and the BRAVE Strategy (Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination), described group violence reduction in the Baton Rouge community. It was delivered at the Intelligence-Driven Prosecution (IDP) Symposium, attended by approximately 15 prosecuting agencies from across the country. The IDP Symposium featured trainings, information-sharing, and educational forums for prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions across the United States.

Participants discussed crime analysis methods and technology as a tool for mapping, case management, intelligence gathering, and evidence collection.

The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) initiative works to reduce and eliminate violent crime committed by juveniles in Baton Rouge’s 70805 and 70802 zip code areas. Rizzuto is part of BRAVE’s LSU Research Team led by the College of Human Sciences & Education’s Office of Social Research & Evaluation Center (SREC). The LSU Research Team obtains and analyzes monthly arrest data from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to identify trends and group members who are committing crimes with the greatest frequency in order to inform law enforcement. Specifically, Dr. Rizzuto uses social network analysis to examine group structures and social dynamics.

Rizzuto and Moore attended the first IDP Symposium in June 2015 where the District Attorney’s Office learned about Manhattan’s new approach to prosecution and community partnership engaged through the city’s Crime Strategies Unit (CSU). On September 1, 2015, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore announced the implementation of our city’s very own Crime Strategy Unit (CSU), modeled off the ideas presented at IDP. This initiative builds on BRAVE to further reduce crime in Baton Rouge. The unit will work in high crime areas, using crime data analysis and geo-coding to identify crime patterns and trends in these targeted areas.

According to the U. S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana, intelligence gathered will not only be used in prosecutorial decisions, but the program will also meet regularly with ministers, homeowners associations, school officials, other community members, and patrol officers on the streets to identify patterns and problems.

According to the Better Government Competition, crime prevention and reduction has been revolutionized by advancements in timely and accurate sharing of information between prosecutors and members of law enforcement.

Connecting formerly separated silos of information streamlined the work of urban prosecutors in New York, and now will begin to impact Baton Rouge.

 Rizzuto’s research areas are:

  • development of social capital and capacity through technological tools (e.g., workplace technology, course management technology)
  • development of social capital and capacity through social relationships (e.g., power and influence social network structures)
  • managing workplace changes (e.g., implementation of new initiatives, aging workforce dynamics, workplace disaster recovery)


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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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