Mayor Broome, chief of police discuss public safety in Baton Rouge

Fri. May 22: Mayor, police chief talk about safety in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do things in our daily lives, and it’s still unclear how that will affect crime.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul discussed how public safety and crime in Baton Rouge could be different.

With Memorial Day coming up, that means summer is quickly approaching and along with that usually comes a spike in crimes.

Over the last two years, we have had some of the safest summers in decades in Baton Rouge and that has to do with a lot of community involvement, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul stated.

BRPD is utilizing its long-awaited Real Time Crime Center to help target violence-heavy neighborhoods. In hopes this will help keep crime low heading into the summer.

With the help of the Crime Center BRPD has been able to identify neighborhoods where violent crime is still high and they can have an increased police presence in that area.

In addition to the Crime Center, BRPD will launch "Operation Safe Summer” where 150 officers from all departments will begin increased presence in designated areas.

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