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  • District Attorney seeking list of confidential names released by mayor's office

    August 9, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – District Attorney Hillar Moore went door-to-door to area news agencies, asking reporters to return items released by city hall that contained confidential information dealing with kids who sought BRAVE services in an effort to turn their lives around. The list – nine names – were of... more »
  • State auditors to probe questionable contracts

    August 4, 2017 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state auditor has launched an investigation into the mayor's office concerning BRAVE contracts. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office was asked to investigate following reports of questionable deals for BRAVE programs and people who were tied to the mayor's administration. Calls for an investigation came Monday... more »
  • Senator Kennedy calls BRAVE deals 'repulsive'

    August 3, 2017 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid multiple requests for a state investigation into the BRAVE grant program, U.S. Senator John Kennedy sent a letter to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome voicing his concerns about the allegations. In the letter, Sen. Kennedy says "the purpose of the BRAVE contracts is to reduce violent... more »
  • BRAVE contracts tied to mayor's administration suspended Play Video

    August 1, 2017 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Nine contracts associated with the BRAVE program have been suspended, WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. The contracts in question are tied to controversial deals made with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's administration. The contracts are part of a group that have been questioned since contract... more »
  • Amid controversy over who got BRAVE grants, calls made for state auditor to probe mayor's deals Play Video

    July 31, 2017 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are at least two requests for a state investigation into Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's handling of the BRAVE grant program. Those in charge of the BRAVE program today said they had no idea the contracts her office doled out existed. Monday afternoon, the... more »
  • Crime fighters mingle with kids in effort to build relationships

    June 16, 2017 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The special unit assigned to work the streets of Baton Rouge and deter crime met with kids Friday in an effort to build lasting relationships early. BRAVE officers held a summer block party at Gus Young Park where kids interacted with police. Organizers said a positive... more »
  • BRAVE looks to nonprofit to maintain its anti-crime operations

    June 16, 2016 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city-parish reports officials are taking steps to preserve its “highly successful” Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project as federal funding is set to expire soon. In order to keep the BRAVE team on the streets, officials have established a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that is... more »
  • BRAVE postpones canvas in area of deadly shooting

    July 22, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team announced plans Thursday morning to canvas a neighborhood where a deadly drive-by shooting happened, then postponed that event later in the day. The BRAVE team originally said they would spend time Thursday morning in the Brice Street area reaching... more »
  • To shoot or not to shoot Play Video

    July 9, 2015 11:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some ministers got a first hand-experience of what it's like to be a police officer Thursday. The group of clergy have been meeting with city police for seminars and participating in scenarios, learning what it means to make split-second decisions in real-life situations. "I think... more »
  • Emotional ceremony honors crime victims at tree Play Video

    April 7, 2015 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tree adorned with ribbons stands as a symbol of awareness and recognition for survivors and victims of crime. The tree is located on North Blvd. and Ninth Street downtown Baton Rouge, just before the interstate. The Survivor Tree has ribbons of all different colors... more »
  • New charter school aims to point children in right direction

    March 26, 2015 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ribbon cutting Thursday marked the beginning of a new era of education for one community in Baton Rouge. Board members for GEO Prep Academy officially announced the opening of the new college preparatory charter school that will host K through 3rd grade beginning of August... more »
  • BRAVE says its efforts are working

    March 24, 2015 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement touted successes of the BRAVE program at a special meeting Tuesday night. Since the inception of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination, or BRAVE, agencies involved say efforts are working to bridge the gap between police and the community. "When we first started... more »
  • Curbing violence the focus of 'BR Lives Matter' panel

    March 24, 2015 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE and Forum 35 are teaming up to tackle violence in Baton Rouge. The two organizations will host a panel Tuesday that will focus on steps city officials and other local organizations are taking to curb violence in the community. They will also discuss ways... more »
  • Exchange 'Gas for Guns' this weekend Play Video

    February 19, 2015 5:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE continues to get guns off the streets of Baton Rouge through their 'Gas for Guns' program. You can exchange your firearms for up to $300 in fuel money. Since the program began, they've given out more than $40,000 in gas cards and have $40,000 more... more »
  • BRAVE to host "Gas for Guns" firearm buyback program

    February 12, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With the goal of taking more unsecured firearms off the streets of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, federal and local law enforcement, and the Circle K Corporation are teaming up for a "no questions asked" gun buyback program in which the weapons can... more »
  • Growing efforts to fight growing crime in Downtown B.R. Play Video

    February 10, 2015 8:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New development has downtown Baton Rouge growing like never before. Now you can expect the police presence there to do the same. The BRAVE Initiative is now in action there, and a new police precinct is coming soon. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the... more »
  • Murder rate drops for EBR parish Play Video

    January 2, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The murder rate in East Baton Rouge parish has dropped, according to authorities. The number of murders that happened in 2013 were 65. In 2014, that number went down to 63. Some city leaders are saying they believe that the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team,... more »
  • BRAVE expands into 70802 Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE is expanding their efforts into 70802 zip code in Baton Rouge to tackle crime. BRAVE officials held a ribbon cutting at the Family and Youth Services Center on Government Street to celebrate the new facility and the expansion into 70802. Residents in the area said... more »
  • BRAVE moves to south Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 24, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 36-year-old man is fighting for his life after being shot before midnight last night on the 200 block of West Johnson Street in South Baton Rouge. Now the specialized police team BRAVE is expanding its area into the 70802 zip code covering South Baton Rouge.... more »
  • BRAVE to hold 'Gas for Guns' exchange Aug. 23

    August 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In the continued efforts of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program to clean up the city's streets, the organization will hold a "Gas for Guns" exchange and neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, Aug. 23. The gun exchange will allow residents to safely dispose of firearms... more »
  • Rap videos show street gang in action Play Video

    February 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of people arrested in a multi-parish raid posted several videos of themselves staging drive-by-shootings and singing about selling drugs. The Big Money Block Boys are a known street gang in south Baton Rouge. BRAVE arrested seven people involved with the group Friday morning during... more »

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