BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Police Department and the mayor’s Summer of Hope Initiative hosted a National Night Out Against Crime in an effort to reduce crime in the community.

National Night Out Against Crime is a national campaign held each year. According to law enforcement, it has proven to be an effective and enjoyable event to promote neighborhood spirit and positive community service partnerships.

“They have access to resources that will help them,” said EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “Resources sounding social services, health care, everything that a person needs.”

The event was held at the BRPD Headquarters.

“When you look at our homicides, our clearance rate is above national, so we’re seeing increases in that,” said BRPD Chief Murphy Paul.

Since 2020, there has been a steady increase in crime in the East Baton Rouge Parish. To help solve crimes, Crime Stoppers suggest if you have a tip that can solve a crime to come forward.

This is why local law enforcement and the Summer of Hope teamed up, to help build a better connection with the community.

“The goal is for us to show the community that we are here,” said BRPD Sgt. Belford Johnson. “We care and we’re not going anywhere, we want to be one with them.”

“This is just an example of how we’re going to continue to breakdown barriers of community and police relations and engage our community in our effort to reduce crime,” added Chief Paul.

Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program photo with Chief Murphy Paul

The event had an estimated 70 vendors including food, and live music, and served as a place where kids can come to learn more about law enforcement.

The event recruited kids to the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program to engage children into do more community service.

“Community service can help trouble kids learn, the importance of helping the community doing good things for good people,” said Landon Hotart.

Another community event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 3 hosted by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. The event is a community town hall inviting fathers, sons, and brothers for a discussion about gun violence in Baton Rouge.

The event will be held at Glen Oaks High School Auditorium (6650 Cedar Grove Drive) at 6 p.m.