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Mayor makes "State of the City" address

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BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Kip Holden made his State of the City address today, focusing on the continuing need to combat crime, completing current road projects and recruiting international businesses to East Baton Rouge.

Holden said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project, also known as BRAVE, has been quite successful since it was implemented last year.  He said the number of murders occurring each month decreased 60 percent since BRAVE was implemented.

The BRAVE team made 300 narcotics arrests, took 46 handguns and assault weapons off the streets and confiscated $1 million worth of drugs.

"The real key thing is educating our kids, giving them a pathway out of trouble instead of allowing them to be in trouble," Holden said. "I'm very pleased with the Chief's [BRPD Chief Dewayne White] performance."

As Holden continues trying to move Baton Rouge in the right direction, a review is coming for all areas of parish government.

"The first thing I do every year is evaluate every department, make the needed changes that will get us to the next level," Holden said. "So over the next three weeks that's what I'll be doing... so police, fire, EMS, the whole gamut, we will see where we are weak, where we need to improve and if we need to make changes."

Holden also told the group he plans to travel to Taiwan to recruit international businesses there.


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