BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In hopes of increasing its engagement with the community, the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) is holding its weekly ‘Community Walk and Talk’ Thursday afternoon in the Banks neighborhood. 

BRPD’s efforts to connect with locals reflect the department’s attempt to maintain and even increase transparency between local law enforcement and members of the community. 

Authorities believe that by establishing real relationships with the community, they will engender a feeling of mutual trust that will help locals to feel more comfortable with police officers. Such a relationship will come in handy when officers are investigating crimes and require information from witnesses or people who have knowledge related to the crime. 

Without a lack of trust in law enforcement, some would be inclined to keep valuable information/tips to themselves. 

This week, BRPD announced an update to its investigation into a number of shooting deaths and injuries. Police said they’re looking into a possible shooting death on North Harrell’s Ferry Road, a double shooting on Bob Pettit Boulevard that left one person dead, and multiple shootings in the South Sherwood Forest area. 

As detectives work to investigate such crimes, information from a public that is willing to share information is pivotal. 

Those who would like to participate in this week’s ‘Community Walk and Talk’ have been invited to meet at Banks Elementary School (2401 72nd Avenue) at 3 p.m.