Violent crime spikes in Baton Rouge

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More than 100 Baton Rouge police officers are being moved around to combat crime around the capitol city.

“This is getting out of hand,” community activist, Eugene Collins, said. 

Collins is talking about the increase of violent crime.

On Monday, the police department says 14 people were shot and killed so far in Nov.

“We’re putting all our efforts and resources out there in attempt to solve these crimes,” BRPD spokesman, L’Jean Mckneely, said.

A joint statement from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Chief of Police Murphy J. Paul, Jr. says:

“Sixty detectives have been reassigned to assist the Narcotics Section and the Street Crimes Unit to increase police presence in areas of concern, as well as to assist in ongoing investigative efforts.  

·Twenty officers have been reassigned from specialized units (Mounted, K-9 and Traffic) to assist with proactive patrols in designated areas.  

· The Crime Gun Intelligence Center will continue working with federal, state and local partners by responding to shots fired incidents and providing immediate investigative assistance.  Nineteen personnel from partnering agencies (BRPD, ATF, EBRSO, EBRDA, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Probation and Parole) are assigned to this operation.  

·Twenty-six new officers will be released from the Field Training Program this week and will be permanently assigned to Uniform Patrol in an effort to put more boots on the ground.”

Mckneely says some arrests have been made but the department needs the community’s help.

“We need their help it’s a partnership for all of us,” he said. “They’re our backbone in assisting us in working these crimes.”

Collins says he agrees.

“If you see something, say something,” Collins said. “That’s the only way we’re going to take our streets back.”

If anyone has any information you can call crime stoppers at 344-STOP.

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