Baton Rouge leaders, law enforcement creating solutions to prevent summer crime spike

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge Police and city leaders are having a meeting of the minds to discuss summer solutions for crime.

“It’s far past the time for us to do something about it. Many of us are looking for solutions and working towards interrupting violence,” said LaMont Cole, Mayor Pro Tem District 7.

COVID-19 put a pause on many summer projects. Camps and programs were cancelled much of 2020, but talks are now underway to restart.

“We are working with a lot of local non-profits and joining them to partake in a lot of community events,” said L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police.

Police are trying to ramp up their efforts following a mass shooting in a parking lot on Florida Blvd.

Six people were shot and two dead. Police say they can not fight crime alone.

“We ask that you get involved. It’s the mothers and the dads, the grandmothers or friends. Somebody out there know what’s going on and who is about to commit a crime. So don’t wait and feel sorry until after it has happened,” said McKneely.

Just weeks ago, police praised the public for their role in arresting six people for a triple homicide off College Drive. For now, BRPD is shifting manpower around and increasing patrols in areas where there may be problems.

“The street op guys are out there when we get calls they are responding to show officers presence and hopes of curving some of the gun violence,” said McKneely.

The city is having a community bike ride, “Pedaling for Peace,” on Friday, June 25. It will be held at Shopper’s Value on Government Street at 6 p.m.

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