BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The faces of local law enforcement were out in full force on Sunday afternoon.
Baton Rouge police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and State Police were among the agencies represented at the night out against crime on the campus of LSU.
"It shows unity in the police department and it shows that we actually care about our community and we want to be part of it," said Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White.
Being a part of the community is a major objective for the men and women fighting crime in Southeast Louisiana and it's events like this National Night out that those same officers say makes a real difference.
"A lot of times when people see the police they tend to shy away," said Corporal Antonio Carter of the east Baton Sheriff's Office. "A lot of times they'll go in other directions but events like this help them know that they can feel comfortable walking up to us and dealing with us face to face."
"You get to hang out with them and you actually get to go to each station and talk about everything is and it helps you understand more and just get to interact with them," said Northeast high School sophomore Briana Walker.
Interaction that Chief White says is paying dividends. Numbers released this week reveal that reported crime in the 70805 zip code is down 18 percent since the inception of BRAVE and other programs designed to bridge the communication gap.
"They're making the relationship with the community and they're getting information and taking the criminal web and un-spinning it," added White.