Police, homeowners form new partnership to help fight crime

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A string of disturbing home invasions in the Capital City in December and January left people in a number of neighborhoods with plenty of questions and fears. Thursday, the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations and Baton Rouge Police announced a partnership designed to make sure homeowners are prepared for a similar situation.

"They'll be able to give us the information that is very useful right then and there, so we could possibly help as in the case of the home invasions prevent those things from happening as we go forward," said Gary Patureau, of the FGBRCA.

The communication partnership was explained to representatives of more than 35 neighborhood civic associations in the greater Baton Rouge area.

"I think it's going to solve a lot of problems with rumors and misinformation and things like that, that occur during a crisis situation. You know the rumors fly so we're trying to cut those out," said Sergeant Mary Ann Godawa of Baton Rouge Police.

"We'll have some bugs to work out as we go forward but we're very excited that we'll be able to put proactive information in the hands of homeowners immediately," said Patureau.

The new communication system is expected to be operational within the next two weeks. Information will be passed along to civic association representatives and then on to homeowners within those districts.

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