BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department hosted a "Night Out Against Crime" on Thursday night at its headquarters on Airline Highway to promote a positive relationship between community and law enforcement.
Parents were encouraged to take their kids to the event, as there was gifts and free food, as well as a K-9 demonstration. BRPD representatives showed off specialty equipment used by law enforcement, as well as police horses that can be seen galloping during Mardi Gras parades.
"We're having fun! We just got out and are enjoying the festivities," said a woman who attended the event with her son.
Law enforcement agencies from across the Baton Rouge area were out in force Thursday night, giving the young and young at heart a behind the scenes look into crime fighting.
"I usually see the end of the results, but now I see about the finger printing how they identify people," said Baton Rouge resident Jackie Wheeler.
But it was about more than having a good time. The past week has been a violent one for Baton Rouge with a homicide almost every day.
"We have ups and downs in our crime issues and this has been a rough week for us but you know we've got to continue moving forward," said BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie.
Law enforcement hope to do that while forming a tighter bond with the community. Thursday night's event was part of that effort. They hope it will create greater trust for those in uniform.
"I hope they walk away with a new outlook on law enforcement in this community," said Dabadie.
"Sometimes people are scared to talk to the police so now with this event going on it might ease the relationship, for people who might be reluctant to call the police when things are going on," said Wheeler.
Attendees also got to learn about crime prevention and fire safety with the Baton Rouge Fire Department's interactive house fire.