Baton Rouge residents talk consolidation of police department, sheriff’s office

WGMB Staff
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:00am

A new report released Monday shows what you think would make Baton Rouge better.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation released its annual city stats breaking down your thoughts on safety, the economy,and other "quality of life" issues.

The idea is to look at how far baton rouge has come and where it needs to go.

People tell FOX44 they still feel crime is a big issue holding Baton Rouge back.

The survey asked questions like do you feel walking alone in your neighborhood at night?

"You know there is crime all around. It's kind of scary it really is, but I feel fairly safe where I am," Sparky Hoffman, Baton Rouge resident, stated.

The survey showed people living in East Baton Rouge generally feel safer than they have in the past.

When NBC33 News asked residents they say crime is still a major issue.

"I think in the vast majority of Baton Rouge it's still pretty much a concern.," Nadirah Harris, Baton Rouge resident, stated. "There is always someone being killed or murdered, so I would say that's a problem."

Residents fear someone they know could become a victim of crime.

Dominique Marbury, Baton Rouge resident, said, "It makes me a little nervous, because I never know when I'm going to be the person in the situation."

The question becomes how do you solve the crime problem. The survey found 60 percent of those polled want to see the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office combined.

"Just seems like to me it'd be more efficient," Hoffman stated.

Marbury disagrees, "I don't see how it may help. I feel like both of them acting in their separate entities as they are right now should be enough."

Residents agree law enforcement is not the main problem.

"They actually are pretty effective. They are pretty good about letting us know something is going on. I feel like they are always quick to the scene," Marbury said.

"I can say they are doing a good job yes," Harris stated. "You have to take into consideration you can't really hold them responsible for everything that is going on."

"We just got to do a better job. I don't know if more law enforcement is going to do that much," Hoffman said. "It's a people thing. people need to take charge. Education is an issue. Poverty is an issue. "
 

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