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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, at lectern, speaks at the "A Call to Prayer" event. From left background, Councilman Buddy Amoroso, Councilwoman Barbara Freiberg Interim BRPD Chief Jonny Dunnam, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis and state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle. Councilwoman Tara Wicker and other Faith-based Leaders and Community Leaders have "A Call to Prayer" on the steps of City Hall Monday Sept. 11, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.. The Call to Prayer is in response to the tragic, escalating violence that our city has experienced suddenly over the last few weeks. "This type of increase in violence is evident that there is a sudden and immediate need for intervention, unity, and action to save and restore our community. The Call to Prayer is both symbolic and tangible evidence that as a community it is time that we realize that we are all members of the same body, all created by God for a purpose, and that part of that purpose is to live together in peace, love, and compassion for one another. "The message is simple, Love One Another," says Councilwoman Tara Wicker.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

As violent crime continues to bloody Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office released details Friday about "call to action" meetings for the public set for Oct. 10.

Solving an uptick in homicides this year has recently become a major talking point for law enforcement and public officials in Baton Rouge. Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson announced this week that federal and state law enforcement were creating a strike force to target the most brutal groups in Baton Rouge and then to harshly prosecute them.

Broome also recently asked for Louisiana State Police to help patrol Baton Rouge while the Baton Rouge Police Department trains new officers in an attempt to address a severe manpower shortage.

But Broome also has repeatedly emphasized that cutting crime in Baton Rouge will also require help from the public.

Her "call to action" meetings will happen simultaneously from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at four churches spread throughout the parish. The churches are Greater King David Baptist Church; Broadmoor United Methodist Church; Oasis Christian Church and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

“While law enforcement is a vital piece to prevent and reduce these attacks in our neighborhoods, community engagement is of the utmost importance and community input is often the best way to find solutions," Broome said in a statement Friday.

Law enforcement officials have attributed the rise in violent crimes to gangs, domestic violence and drug trafficking. The city-parish should soon start receiving more than $2 million in Department of Justice grants to support local law enforcement initiatives for domestic violence programs, prison re-entry, sexual assault survivors, body camera implementation and victim assistance.

Amid the uptick in crime, Broome has not yet chosen a permanent police chief. Former BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie agreed to retire in late July after a monthslong standoff with Broome, and she appointed Jonny Dunnam to serve as interim chief.

Though Broome promised a national police chief search both on the campaign trail and after she took office, the national search never happened. Applicants for the job are required under state civil service laws to take a test, and Broome's office said they realized months after promising the national search that the test requirement would turn off national applicants.

Twelve people have submitted applications for the chief position and will take their exam Oct. 10. Those who score 75 percent or higher will be passed onto Broome for consideration.

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