BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hundreds of people turned out to national night out against crime, an initiative to promote neighborhood spirit and get the community more engaged with law enforcement.
The rain did not stop people from attending the event at the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Tuesday evening.
Kay Teasett attended the event with her two sons and said, they want to live in a safe community and the event is a step toward making that happen.
“I just want my kids to be protected, you never know what’s going to happen,” said Teasett
As the number of murders in East Baton Rouge parish are on track to break another record, Teasett is relying on god and community policing to end it.
“Every other hour there’s a shooting. Our community is just like the melting pot. There’s not one section over here, one section over there everybody is together so to get together and have this event is very helpful,” said Teasett.
The national event is a safe space, allowing people to interact with those hired to protect and serve.
“We have conversations just like her. You know our police officers are fathers, we’re uncles, we’re a part of the community,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.
Hey said, these events are especially needed because of what they’re seeing on the streets.
“It’s what happened today, daytime shootings. A lot of these daytime shootings are different, those trends are different than in previous years,” said Paul.
As for BRPD, the murders are becoming too much for a department that is not operating at full staff.
“Right now we’re sitting around 90 vacancies. We got to fill those numbers. We need boots on the ground to do the proactive things that we do to help prevent crime,” said Paul.
Teasett said, she has faith in the bond being built with the community and police.
“Yeah, it does. I just pray over my kids when they’re leaving out the house, whatever they’re doing I feel like I raised them right,” said Teasett.