BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As crime increases in the Capital City, leaders with the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, BRPD and East Baton Rouge Public School System are bringing crime prevention tactics to the classroom.
“We know that the lack of education can become a pipeline to criminal behavior,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.
On the steps of the East Baton Rouge School District’s office, members of the NAACP, EBRP Schools, BRPD, CATS, YWCA, Board Member Dadrius Lanus, Board Member Tramelle Howard, & C.H.A.N.G.E. announced the violence prevention partnership.
“We’re not just trying to think about when the action happens, it’s how to be preventative,” said East Baton Rouge Public School System Dr. Sito Narcisse.
The goal of the partnership is to take new steps to curb crime.
“There are many children out there that need way more and more importantly we have a lot of people that want to help,” said Narcisse.
“We’re giving our kids the tools they need to survive,” said Paul.
Since the start of 2021, Baton Rouge saw a murder rate of about 26 per 100,000 residents and now new strategies will be put in place to keep students safe.
“This program is state of the art because it does focus on social and emotional learning, it does focus on trauma, it does focus on the things students go through on the everyday basis,” said East Baton Rouge School Board Member, Dadrius Lanus.
Over at Glen Oaks High School, the ‘Respect for Life’ program is already in full swing.
“This program teaches this to our students as well as everything they may face when they walk outside those doors,” said Lanus.
Soon, another program will be launching at Scotlandville.
“When they may face a cop, when they are with their friends and peers and peer pressure may come into play. These are the types of things our students need to see because they deal with these things on the everyday basis, but they just don’t know how to work through them,” said Lanus.
The programs will put more mentorship and open dialogue in the schools in an effort to deter crime and meet the community where they are.
“This coordination is going to help us get through a whole lot of different things. It doesn’t mean you stop every issue that happens, but it does mean you are being proactive and getting in front of it so you can problem solve,” said Narcisse.