District Attorney Hillar Moore began looking for a solution to the Baton Rouge violence problems.
Grant proposal submitted to OJJDP for Community Violence Prevention grant (unfunded)
The Mayor, the DA, the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD), East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Of ce (EBRPSO), U.S. Attorney’s Office, service providers, faith-based representatives, and community leaders began working with LSU’s OSSRD to write a second grant proposal to the OJJDP.
$150k in startup funding was provided by Baton Rouge Metro City Council to implement BRAVE.
Sergeant Herbert “Tweety” Anny was appointed as the Project Director for BRAVE.
Informal BRAVE activities began prior to OJJDP grant funds being received.
First community engagement meeting was held.
DA Moore began consultation with Professor David Kennedy, and NNSC.
Mayor announced that the 70805 BRAVE grant had been funded.
Second BRAVE Expansion grant was submitted to OJJDP.
Former High Point Police Chief Jim Fealey agreed to be a consultant with the City/Parish and trained 78 law enforcement officers.
BRAVE Partners attended a conference on group violence research partnerships.
Protocols were established for data collection and sharing with LSU/OSSRD.
BRAVE coordinated formal relationships with local service providers.
Living Faith Christian Center press conference announced commitment to violence prevention.
Community focus groups were held to get perceptions of the community on violence issues.
Exxon-Mobil began coordinating industrial support for BRAVE project.
University of Cincinnati trained BRAVE partners to conduct group audit.
Second OJJDP grant was awarded to expand BRAVE to 70802.
LSU Researchers participated in Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission Training.
Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant was awarded to Baton Rouge for community mobilization and research into “drivers of crime” in 70805 and 70802.
BRAVE representatives attended the Washington DC Stop Violence Summit
BRAVE was involved in 9 community events in 2013
BRAVE sponsored “Gas for Guns”—Gun Buyback at Living Faith Church in 70805. The East Baton Rouge “Gas for Guns” exchange program is made possible by the following community partners: Circle K Corporation, Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge City Police Department, Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Louisiana State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Baton Rouge Crimestoppers.
BRAVE partners traveled to New York for training by the NNSC and Professor Kennedy.
The LSU Research Team held a Dashboard Report training at the BREC building with officers of the BRPD to discuss the new data tool that will be disseminated to law enforcement monthly. The Dashboard Report contains maps and trends of violent crime in 70805 as well as the city.
Project Safe Neighborhood grant was awarded to expand BRAVE to Gardere geographic area. Meeting in New Orleans/BRAVE project.
Chaplaincy Team Phone Conference with members of law enforcement and clergy from Memphis, TN
Site visit with Department of Justice BRAVE Program Monitor, Kristie Brackens
Site visit conducted with Matt Perkins, Senior Program Officer, Community Safety Initiative
Dr. Juan Barthelemy and Director Tweety Anny attended the Defending Childhood Protect Heal Thrive conference by Futures Without in Memphis, TN.
Maj. Newell and Sgt. Beasley of the Memphis Police Department met with members of the clergy and law enforcement of cers to discuss the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement and faith based organization in violence and crime prevention.
BRAVE sponsored Gas for Guns—Gun buyback at Living Faith Church in 70805.
A press conference was held at the Family Youth and Service Center to announce the BRAVE 70802 expansion and ribbon cutting of the new BRAVE Administrative office.
CBVP Call with Oakland, CA, 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m.
Twenty-six (26) community events took place in 2014
BRAVE becomes recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization (October 2015)
Adrian Sanders was hired to become the BRAVE Outreach Coordinator
BRAVE sponsored “Gas for Guns”—Gun Buy Back at Elm Grove Baptist in 70802.
Cops/Clergy Meeting at BRPD Training Academy
Director Anny, Assistant Director Walker, (EBRSO), and Dr. Juan Barthelemy (LSU) travel to Natchez, MS to assist Chief of Police, William Picou with his area of implementing a violence elimination program.
Weekly Cops/Clergy Program at the BRPD Training Academy
BRAVE delegation attended National Network for Safe Communities in New York. Members discussed BRAVE with Dr. David Kennedy.
BRAVE sponsored “Gas for Guns”—Gun Buy Back at Zachary Community Center
BRAVE delegation including clergy members attended the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Twenty-two (22) community events took place in 2015