BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge police and multiple other organizations shared resources available to the community Wednesday morning before the holiday weekend.
Police Chief Murphy Paul said resources are not just about the upcoming cold weather but crime initiatives — topics include mental health, domestic violence and fire safety.
“Our hope is that if you know someone out there who needs help that you will turn to one of these agencies behind us,” said Paul. “We know through our investigative efforts that there are so many opportunities for intervention and that mental health in our community is real.”
The police department and agencies dedicated to reducing violent crime said they are here to help, no matter the situation.
“If you have a relative that you know has been abused, a spouse,” said Paul. “If you have a relative you know has been abusing someone that he’s in an intimate relationship with. If you know someone who has been abusing an elderly person. I am asking, we are pleading with you to pick up the phone and call one of our domestic violence partners.”
Cathy Tolliver, the grandmother of three-year-old Devin Page Jr., a child who was killed by a stray bullet in the spring of this year is calling on people in Baton Rouge to join a campaign she started.
Help Five Stay Alive asks people to check in on others by calling five people to ask “How are you?”
“It is important to find out what people are thinking — what’s going on in their heart — because if you don’t, we can’t talk them down off the ledge.”
She said she believes that her grandson could still be alive if the person responsible had been asked about how they were doing by someone.
Resources available for the Baton Rouge community
A Crime Stoppers spokesperson is asking for tips relating to any crimes this holiday season, ensuring that any tips submitted will be anonymous. Tips can be made online at crimestoppers225.com.
Anyone in need of intervention in any domestic situation can reach out to the Baton Rouge Community Street Team. The organization works to reduce violent crime or disputes by utilizing conflict resolution skills.
Before freezing temperatures land in Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Fire Department tells residents to stay ready and to follow fire and heating safety tips. Residents should keep heating sources 3 feet away from anything that can catch on fire and check their carbon monoxide detectors.