BRAVE holds discussion with teens
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge teens got a chance to voice their concerns about violence Monday to parish safety leaders in the BRAVE program.
Mayor-President "Kip" Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III and others spoke to the teens about key issues in the parish. The teens formed focus groups and questioned speakers about what they are doing to stop violence in the community.
"When you get used to something that bad that you just automatically know somebody's dying, somebody's gotten killed, that person nine times out of ten is a teenager. That's sad," said one teen. "I can only imagine what it will be like when they grow up and what it would be like when I grow up and have kids. It's horrible. This calls for some type of change."
The BRAVE program is reaching out to teens to teach them to trust police officers and to speak up when they see crime in the community.
"We cannot do the job that you want us to do or the job that we want to do without community involvement," said Gautreaux. "It's a partnership, and it takes both of us in the community working together on a daily basis to address these problems."
The BRAVE program targets the most dangerous areas in Baton Rouge to end crime.