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Congressmen Graves and Richmond called on AG to extend BRAVE fund deadline

2 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, May 18 2017 May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017 1:30 PM May 18, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ staff

BATON ROUGE – Congressman Garret Graves and Congressman Cedric Richmond called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extend the current deadline for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination organization to use the remaining $1.6 million granted to the program.

The BRAVE project has been credited with reducing crime throughout communities by bringing law enforcement, community and faith organizations.

The remaining grant dollars are set to expire at the end of the summer.

Congressman Garret Graves released the following statement:

"Because BRAVE has proven success, it's critical that law enforcement and the community be given additional time to expend these dollars and continue this important work.  They have invested a significant amount of time, research, and coordination to ensure these dollars are being wisely and effectively spent. Additionally, law enforcement and the entire community have spent the better part of the last ten months dealing with riots, the shooting of six law enforcement officers in July and the nation's fourth costliest natural disaster a month later. Throughout this time, the community remains committed to carrying out the mission of the BRAVE program. We are asking DOJ to acknowledge the need for more time to do so in light of these extraordinary circumstances," said Graves. "The DOJ has to recognize that Baton Rouge has achieved so much while enduring such historic tragedy, and that the year 2017 is when BRAVE follows through, not folds up. Stopping now would also be an historic tragedy."

Read the full letter here.

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