BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We often share news and comment on community issues and problems. Today, we want to highlight some encouraging news about Baton Rouge crime statistics. Newly released numbers show that some of the programs in place, like the BRAVE initiative, seem to be working.
The number of "major crimes" is down about 13 percent compared to this time last year. Overall violent crimes are down, too, with murders dropping nearly 25 percent. But in the first six months of this year, there were still 29 people killed in our city.
There are still too many mothers who have lost a child to violence or children who will grow up without a parent. New Police Chief Carl Dabadie, who's encouraged by the numbers, too, admits there is still plenty of work to do.
The challenge now will be to take programs like BRAVE, which involves everything from more boots on the street to education and faith-based programs, and spread it to other parts of the city. But, while six months is a snapshot in time, these numbers should give us hope ... hope that the trend continues and Baton Rouge becomes a safer city for us all.