Stepping up EBR Law Enforcement
BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) - BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) - The Baton Rouge Police Department, The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and the State Police all announced new ways of working together.
It's all a way of trying to crackdown on crime in the city.
There's a list of ways the agencies will combine efforts. Most noticably, on the streets. BRPD Chief LeDuff says deputies from the Sheriff's office, along with officers from the State Police will help patrol the city - many times in the same patrol car as BRPD Officers.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux will take over 150 beds that were for prisoners from other parishes coming back to EBR - and use them for people on the streets in the parish that need to be locked up.
At the State Police Headquarters - Colonel Mike Edmonson says he's working to house federal, state, parish, and local officers in his building. He wants to use HQ as a place for officers and investigators to share information to help solve crimes. Edmonson says he wants it up and running by January.
Mayor President Kip Holden called the move " unprecendented" and LeDuff says it should send a very strong message to current and would be criminals all over Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish.