BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — In the city of Baton Rouge, violent crime has surged since the start of the pandemic.

People are demanding action and solutions from local leaders.

“One of the things I’ve noticed is in call out, we’re seeing more violent crimes, a lot more domestic violence, and a lot of crimes with guns,” said Chief Public Defender Lisa Parker.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, homicides rose nearly 47% from 2019 to 2020.

“We have to get the community involved,” said EBRSO Major Anthony Ponton.

Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni asked local leaders how they plan to take action and solve these problems.

“We have to let them know that we care about them but also they need to care about themselves also,” said Ponton.

The panel had a strategy.

“We can’t control what happens next door, but we can control what happens in this house, and when each house does that, that’s how we begin to have an impact,” said 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge Community Affairs Chairman John Smith.

Law enforcement has noticed teens are increasingly involved in crimes.

“One of the things that I think is a good strategy is when everyone comes to the table together and it’s being addressed as a community and not as individual organizations,” said Parker.

Baton Rouge leaders say it’s important the community works together.