SLHRD's Dr. Rizzuto and School of Social Work's Dr. Barthelemy and Dr. Guin Travel to New York with BRAVE Project


LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development’s Dr. Tracey Rizzuto and School of Social Work’s Dr. Cecile Guin and Dr. Juan Barthelemy returned from a two-day trip to New York City at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

They, along with a team of more than 20 East Baton Rouge Parish law enforcement leaders, attended the National Network for Safe Communities seminar led by the architect of Operation Ceasefire, a national community violence reduction strategy upon which the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project is based.

Dr. Rizzuto, Dr. Guin and Dr. Barthelemy are each essential components of the applied research arm of the BRAVE project which has successfully reduced gang-related crime in Baton Rouge by 20 percent since 2012. Along with other members of the LSU research team from the School of Sociology who attended and numerous others who were not able to make the trip, Dr. Rizzuto, Dr. Guin and Dr. Barthelemy learned about new methods of applying their research to BRAVE efforts.

Professor David Kennedy, who is the architect of the Group Violence Intervention program that BRAVE is also modeled after, invited the group to NY for the refresher trainings. Kennedy also runs the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) the organization that provided the training. The group attended seminars designed to update their trainings on the BRAVE project. They also discussed previous strategies and how they might improve upon them.

The group returned home Thursday, May 28, 2014 with a list of new ideas on how to reduce violent gang crime in the area. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, the Mayor-President’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office, US Attorney, Baton Rouge City Police and the LA State Police were also in attendance.

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