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Sep 20, 2013 4:46 AM by AP/CS

BR to expand BRAVE project with $1M federal grant

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden says the city has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to expand the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, an anti-gang initiative credited with reducing the city's murder rate over the past year.

Holden spokesman Scott Dyer said Thursday the grant will be implemented over a three-year period, expanding from the crime-ridden 70805 ZIP code to neighborhoods in the 70802 Zip code, which had the most killings last year with 23.

The Advocate reports a news conference is planned Monday to provide further details.

BRAVE is a data-driven, community policing project that targets the city's gangs and most violent neighborhoods. The primary focus has been the 70805 ZIP code, which has seen an average of 20 homicides a year the past three years.

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