BRAVE outreach continues to build trust through community interaction

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department's BRAVE unit is continuing to take criminals and drugs off the streets. They say community outreach events are helping them do it.

Saturday afternoon, BRAVE officers gathered at Howell Park on Winbourne Avenue and hosted another Fun Day within their targeted 70805 zip code. Residents were entertained with free food, music, and games. Officers say this community interaction builds trust, and that is the key to the success of BRAVE.

According to BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie, officers are building a relationship with the community that is making them feel more secure.

"They believe in the program, they know that it's working, they see that it's working," says Chief Carl Dabadie. "Their neighborhoods have been safer, and they're out here working with us to help keep that trend going.

Dabadie says they still have a long way to go. "You know we're not at the finish line," he adds, "It's just the first step and we're going to keep moving this forward."

The theme was "If you know something, say something." The intent of this message was to urge residents not to be afraid to come forward and talk to police.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and District Attorney Hillar Moore were also there to meet and greet residents who attended.

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