Baton Rouge, Louisiana (WAFB)-As crime rates in cities across the country continue to rise, so does Baton Rouge.
But what exactly are you doing to solve the problem?
A group is trying to go door-to-door to help solve the root cause of crime, in some of the most violent places in Baton Rouge.
Wearing the vest one by one. The Baton Rouge community street team may be small right now, but they hope to make a big impact.
“Providing these resources to the people in the community gives us a better opportunity to build the community and combat this violence,” said Dana Winbusch, a member of the Baton Rouge Community Street Group.
The Street Team is a community-based public safety initiative in collaboration with the Mayor of Broome’s Safety Hope Health BR Imitative.
They are trained to effectively deal with violence in the 70802 and 70805 postal codes.
“Every time we get a call, we have to see a young black man lying on the ground. We see, man, something must happen. It must happen now, not later. It affects all of us, Because it may be my brother, it may be my cousin, it may be my dad,” said Darius Crockett, a member of the Baton Rouge community street group.
According to the Mayor’s Office, the team is made up of trusted community members who have the necessary relationships to alleviate conflicts and guide residents in crisis to seek available resources.
The team visits the community every Monday.
“Then we do high-risk interventions, in terms of dealing with violence and killing in the city. We try to demote it before it happens,” Crockett said.
This group is definitely not the police, we know. But they are trying to reach as many people as possible before the crime occurs, and then the police must respond.
“In the short time we were walking on the street, we may have been in contact with about 1,200 families. There are about 1,200 families,” Winbusch said.
They just hope that their efforts will slightly reduce the crime rate in the city.
“Only six of us. But we will continue to work hard, and we will continue to do so,” Winbusch said.
The members hope that the plan will be extended to other communities and become a long-term solution to combat urban violence.
According to the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office, as of 2021, the diocese has investigated 125 homicides.
There will be 136 homicides in 2020.
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