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BRPD chief talks about White House meeting on crime prevention

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:51 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 8:17 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul was one of the attendees for a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on reducing gun violence and violent crime on Wednesday, June 23.

Chief Paul and other officials from around the country met with Biden and US Attorney General Merrick Garland to discuss ways the current administration is working to keep cities and neighborhoods safe.

“We discussed the comprehensive strategy that I’m releasing today to combat the epidemic of gun violence and other violent crime that we’ve been seeing in our country for far too long and it has spiked since the beginning of the pandemic,” said President Biden.

The FBI created a crime rate reporting system to compare violent crime across the country. Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery, and assault.

Baton Rouge’s violent crime rating is 944 per 100,000 people, while the national average for violent crime is only 382 per 100,000 people.

The FBI claims Baton Rouge is the most dangerous city in Louisiana, based on the city’s high murder rates.

“When we speak in very specific aim talking about the shooters,” said Chief Paul. “Those individuals in the communities who are causing us havoc. And how we can work with our federal partners to make sure that those individuals are held accountable.”

The Biden-Harris Administration announced a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and other violent crime. This strategy implements preventative measures that are proven to reduce violent crime and attacks the root causes – including by addressing the flow of firearms used to commit crimes.

The Administration’s comprehensive strategy will:

  • Stem the flow of firearms used to commit violence, holding rogue firearms dealers accountable
  • Add federal tools and resources to local law enforcement to fight summer spike in violent crime
  • Community violence intervention investments
  • Expanding summer programs, jobs, services for teens, young adults.
  • Help re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated individuals.

This strategy will use funding from the American Rescue Plan and clear guidance to help state, local, territorial, and tribal governments get the money they need to put more police officers on the beat.

President Biden announced that the administration will convene and support a CVI Collaborative of 14 jurisdictions.

Baton Rouge is one of the 14 committing to use a portion of its ARP funding or other public funding to increase investment in its CVI infrastructure, including to anticipate and respond to the potential rise in violence this summer.

The administration will meet with people from Baton Rouge and the 13 other jurisdictions over the next 18 months.

Chris Rosato will have a full report on 9News at 6.

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