Survey Shows BRAVE Program Held in High Regard, Has Had Positive Impact

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 of it.”

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.

LSU Research Aids BRAVE’s Effectiveness, Lowering Baton Rouge Homicide Rates by at Least 20 Percent in 2013

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014