Transcript for Baton Rouge mayor: New funds will help city reduce crime
We're joined now by. The rouge Louisiana mayor Sharon Weston broke thanks so much for joining us a nightmare room. Thank you Lindsey. They're sitting back Parrish has seen just 1% increase but an increase nonetheless and violent crime during the pandemic that's after crime actually been trending down since 2017. What impact could the president's plan how in your community in particular. Well weird applaud the president for taking this initiative with his sat community he in convention. Planned to help us with the violent crimes here in our community. I believe it will help us continue to stand up some of our community based approaches. To addressing. Crimes such as are safe hopeful and help the initiative. And your police she served on a roundtable weighs president Biden seem to address crime. What you want the administration to know about what works or maybe doesn't work in in Baton Rouge. I believe chief pol what's they are certainly to give voice. I'm not only to eye his efforts strategic efforts in law enforcement but the talk about the collaboration. That he has implemented with the community with our community based approaches. Such as addressing issues in our public school intervention. And as well as making sure. That we are integrating the community into our public safety equation. It what do you feel that you need most from the federal government senior fight against violent crime. Well this is certainly a great start the out recognition and the fact dead to. We have very Philanthropic. Various Philanthropic efforts that will be assisting us as well as the ability to use some of our. American rescue dollars. Towards addressing crime we've already started by using some of our cares dollars. At the end of ledge here. To do intervention efforts through our community so as a mayor I certainly it greatly appreciate. The presidency. Initiative and we are glad to be a part of this collaborative. Just a follow connected isn't it's a great start where would you like to see it go ultimately. Well it's all about data and of course if people once we seen the numbers go down we can see. The efforts odd that have merged together from law enforcement as well as our community based efforts. And then we can see dad doesn't this this submerging. Of that our law enforcement with our community based approach can certainly. Turn our cities are around and reduce crime so. The dollars that will get from the federal government the technical assistance. From not Millie many of the nonprofits. Philanthropic organizations. I believe will help us moved this summer. Odd down towards the number of crimes we see in our community. Mayor broom and thank you so much for your time appreciate it. Thank you Lindsey.
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