BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and local organizations will be taking part in a nationwide initiative to fight violence in communities.

The initiative is called “Mayors Stopping Crime: A Week of Action” and is hosted by the Democratic Mayors Association.

“My stance has always, and will continue to be that violence has no place in Baton Rouge,” said Mayor Broome. “We’ve been doing this work for some time in Baton Rouge and will keep up the fight for as long as it takes. Together, our community, law enforcement, and business leaders are addressing crime and the underlying causes of violence in our community. I’m proud to stand with other Mayors this week to bring awareness to our fight back against crime.”

The week of events in Baton Rouge, which begin Wednesday, Aug. 17, aims to “restore hope, encourage unity, and increase collaboration to address the root causes of violence,” according to Mayor Broome.

Week of Action events in Baton Rouge:

Community-Based Public Safety Ecosystem Convening

  • When: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: River Center Branch Library, 250 North Blvd
  • Host: Mayor’s Office – Safe Hopeful Healthy BR

The Night Shift Business Workshop Series

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Where: Louisiana Tech Park, 7117 Flordia Blvd
  • Host: Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce

SULC Expungement Initiative Event

  • When: Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Greater King David Multicultural Center, 222 Blount Road
  • Host: Southern University Law Center, Mayor’s Office

Gas for Guns

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Where: Capital Missionary Baptist Church, 5565 Hooper Road Baton Rouge
  • Host: TRUCE, Mayor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, BRPD

Heal the Block

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: 3773 Plank Road
  • Who: Baton Rouge Community Street Team, Mayor’s Office-Summer of Hope

A summerlong initiative hosted by the mayor’s office to reduce gun violence in East Baton Rouge Parish called the Summer of Hope started in June as a way to bring the community together in various activities and events.

“Thousands of residents were engaged as the community worked to restore hope and joy to their neighborhoods, while having serious conversations about the resources needed to help traumatized families and communities rebuild and stop cycles of violence,” said the mayor’s office of the summer initiative.

Mayor Broome’s approach to public safety includes law enforcement, community engagement, and mental health.

The Metro Council approved $48 million in American Rescue Plan funds for public safety and infrastructure last week on Aug. 10. Some of that funding will go to public safety facility improvements, equipment for the sheriff’s office, money to help law enforcement agencies in hiring and retaining employees, and more. To view a full list of initiatives approved, click here.

As a result of funding for public safety in Baton Rouge, over 2,600 felony arrests were made and 1,100 guns have been seized this year by police, according to the mayor’s office.