BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — After a Wednesday shooting at a park and recent crimes, BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson issues a statement reassuring parkgoers of safety measures.

“For the second time in three weeks, one of BREC’s community parks was the scene of a violent crime, as a visitor to City-Brooks Community Park was shot and transported to the hospital,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. “Just as with the incident at Forest Community Park last month, BREC staff immediately responded by calling 911 and getting Park Rangers, law enforcement and EMS to the scene. Thanks to that quick action, the victim is expected to recover.”

Wednesday’s shooting at a BREC park on Dalrymple Drive left one person injured. Another crime took place on Wednesday, Aug. 10 when a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at a BREC park on South Harrells Ferry Road.

Park officials recently said they were upping security measures and offering counseling services for park employees who helped the rape victim. In Thursday’s statement, Wilson said crime won’t be tolerated.

“Our parks are supposed to be safe places for residents of all backgrounds to gather, and we will continue to do our part to make East Baton Rouge Parish safer by providing well-designed and well-maintained places for people to get out and be active, as well as offering programs and events for kids and residents of all ages, as we know an active park is a safe park,” said Wilson. “While we can’t prevent every crime, we can make it clear that we won’t tolerate it in our parks and that we have systems in place to ensure the perpetrators are identified and arrested, such as the man arrested for the attack on the hiker at Forest Community Park. BREC cameras provided the video evidence police needed to identify the suspect and make the arrest in the case.”

“We have more than 1,100 cameras at more than 70 facilities all across the parish and will continue efforts like camera installation, patrols by Park Rangers, partnerships with law enforcement and signage encouraging park visitors as well as BREC staff to remain vigilant in their surroundings, especially in remote areas, to ensure our parks remain as safe as possible.”

“Crime is a community issue and BREC is intentionally building partnerships with as many entities as we can to make East Baton Rouge not just a better place to live, work and play, but a safer place for all of us.”