BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Less than a month into the new year, 10 homicides have taken place in Baton Rouge. This coming off of a record breaking year of 170 homicides in 2021.

City leaders say they have had enough.

“It’s past time for us to wake up and understand the reality of the situation that we’re in,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Broome is creating the East Baton Rouge Violence Reduction Collaborative, where the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, and the district attorney’s office will work together alongside the Department of Justice.

“We’re going to continue to identify what needs to change,” she said.

This partnership will establish a three-year Violence Reduction Strategic Plan. District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office is facing a backlog of cases since the up tick in violent crime.

“Overwhelmingly, a majority of our cases are now gun-related, around 2,500, and around 25,000 domestic violence-related cases,” said Moore.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said one of his biggest challenges in the past year has been staffing.

“After George Floyd’s murder, what we saw was, in 2020 there was a 40 percent increase in resignations nationally. We need boots on the ground for these strategies to work, we have to fill these vacancies,” he said.

Some East Baton Rouge Metro Council members hope to see this collaboration help shape our youth.

“Make sure we find out what are some of the interests of the kids that are running around in the streets,” said Darryl Hurts, District 5 EBR Metro Councilmember.

“We have a list of programs, now let me tell you where we are falling short. People are not connected to the resources,” said Broome.

City leaders will begin their training with the Department of Justice early February.