BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– In the annual State of the City Address, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome promised to tackle the city’s biggest concerns this year — starting with crime. 

“I want you to know that I feel the reality of everything that goes on in this city and in this parish. We all know about the influx of violent crime in 2021 and as your leader, I own that and face it head-on every day,” said Broome.

With the help of American Rescue Plan dollars, residents can expect smart cameras in hotspot areas of the city as well as a homicide review commission. 

“We’re facing a crime epidemic, a public health crisis that requires a whole government and community approach,” said Broome. 

The State of the City Address wasn’t solely focused on crime prevention. The mayor is also promising to address Covid prevention as East Baton Rouge is experiencing a surge of the Omicron variant.

“We have and we will continue to allocate resources for testing. We have to reimagine what normal looks like in Baton Rouge,” said Broome.  

The mayor will also be focusing on investments that will further grow our economy and expand the redevelopment of the community. 

“Over 30% of the dollars spent have gone to businesses that will qualify as disadvantaged business enterprises. And for the first time in the history of our parish, we are putting our money where our mouth is concerning equity and contracting,” said Broome.