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BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies from the local to federal level are banding together to take on a new approach of reducing violent crime in sections of Baton Rouge.

City leaders and law enforcement officials held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Police headquarter for the new Crime Strategies Unit. It will include many different law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorneys Office, Louisiana National Guard and even LSU students studying crime statistics.

U. S. Attorney Walt Green said working in violent crime like this isn't a traditional role for an Attorney General, but it makes sense in this case.

"This is such an important project that we think it's important to divert resources to help reduce violent crime in Baton Rouge," Green said.

Part of the strategy is to predict and prevent where violent crime will happen before it happens by using predictive analytics. They plan to focus on targeted areas of the 70805, 70802 and the Kleinpeter areas of the city.

"With all of the nonsense that's going on around the country... we are going to hopefully set Baton Rouge above every other place," East Baton Rouge District Attorney, Hillar Moore.

According to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore,  he said he adopted this same strategy that's being used to reduce violent offenses in New York city's Manhattan.

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