Crime curse of summer
BATON ROUGE- June has a historically high crime rate in Baton Rouge. The month is only halfway over, and we've already seen more murders than June 2014. Law enforcement officials are reaching out more than ever to change the culture of violence.
The number of violent crimes and deaths this month are disheartening, but the Baton Rouge District Attorney, Hillar Moore, says it makes them work harder to connect with the youth.
At the "Cops Care Community Camp" about 60 kids got to hang out with uniformed officers and play games, while learning life lessons about things like bullying. The camp gave kids a chance to meet different officers that make up the department in a fun and safe environment. Through the camps and "Safe Streets" events, officers are able to interact with families and kids on a personal level.
Many officers take on the role of a mentor, helping kids see they have options outside of the group violence culture that is prevalent in the high crime areas of town.
Police say connecting with kids and working with families helps the community come together without fear. Events like this are especially important in the 70805 and 70802 areas, where many of the summer murders have been taking place.
"It's an area where a large number of people are returning from prison. It's the same thing with juvenile delinquents, they return from detention, back to that area." said Baton Rouge District Attorney, Hillar Moore. "It's probably the hardest hit poverty-wise, so there are a bunch of drivers of crime, and that's why you see it in those areas."
Law Enforcement officials plan to continue holding community events throughout the summer.