BRAVE unit teams up for community outreach walk

Published: Jul. 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2014 at 3:09 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - unit members went door-to-door on foot in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning to connect with the community.

About 20 people affiliated with the

project - made up of members of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office - walked through neighborhoods in the 70805 zip code, introducing themselves to residents and explaining that BRAVE is much more than a traditional law enforcement task force.

They went door to door in to let people know they're there and that they care. Project leader, Sgt. Herbert Anny, said this is a valuable tool in the fight against crime and much needed because of a growing misconception.

"It appears as though some of the community feels that BRAVE is just a group of police officers, and that's the farthest thing from the truth," said Anny.

15 year resident Cedric Carter believes the presence of BRAVE in the community will change life in his area.

"We need more programs like BRAVE, "said Carter. "Because a lot of times if you don't come out and try to reach us, we don't have knowledge of reaching you all."

Anny said a stronger and well knit community, will ultimately result in a better Baton Rouge.

"The more community involvement we get the more decrease in crime you will see," said Anny.

Participants met at the Delmont Service Center, and the walk lasted from 10-11:30 a.m.

Organizers say this is a great way to reach out to the community.

“We figure instead of having a community event and try to reach people by inviting them to come out, we feel as though it would be better for us to go to them,” said BRAVE project leader Sgt. Anny.

Tonight on 9News at 10, you will hear what neighbors thought of the surprise visits.

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