Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1817 and the Baton Rouge Police Department was formally established in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, with the appointment of the first Chief of Police.
Currently the Baton Rouge Police Department receives about 215,000 service calls. In an average year, city police officers:
- Respond to and write reports on 135,000 non-traffic calls
- Respond to 30,000 false alarms
- Investigate 21,000 serious crimes
- Investigate 17,000 traffic crashes
- Make 8,000 arrests
- Submit 22,000 pieces of evidence or property
- Seize 900 firearms
- Present 200 crime prevention and education seminars (to about 10,000 people)
- Destroy 2,500 pounds of seized illegal narcotics
- License 12,000 bicycles
- Drive 7,000,000 miles (11,000,000 km)
Administration is the Chief’s staff bureau, concerned with the overall management of the department’s operations and internal controls. Most offices are housed downtown at Police Headquarters located at 704 Mayflower Street.
Uniform Patrol Bureau
Uniform Patrol is the largest bureau of the department, and is the primary point of contact for services to the public. The Bureau operates four precinct stations and satellite offices throughout the city. Officers assigned to this bureau perform preventative patrols and respond to public requests for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Uniform Patrol Bureau consist of the following divisions:
First District Precinct
The First District Precinct serves what is traditionally known as North Baton Rouge. The area patrolled is roughly bordered on the north and east by Evangeline and Airline Highway, on the west by the Mississippi River and Scenic Highway and on the south by Florida Boulevard.
Second District Precinct
The Second District Precinct serves what is traditionally known as South Baton Rouge. The area patrolled is roughly bordered on the north by Florida Boulevard, on the west by the Mississippi River, on the south by Bayou Fountain, and on the east by Bluebonnet Blvd., Essen Lane, Jefferson Highway, and Lobdell Avenue.
Third District Precinct
The Third District Precinct serves the eastern part of the city. The area patrolled is roughly bordered on the north by Greenwell Springs Road and the South Choctaw Drive Extension (railroad tracks), on the west by Airline Highway and Lobdell Avenue, on the east by North Stevendale Road, Lively Bayou, O’Neal Lane, Jones Creek Road, and Stumberg Lane, and on the south by Airline Highway and Jefferson Highway.
Fourth District Precinct
The Fourth District Precinct is located at 8227 Scenic Highway and serves the extreme northern part of the city, including the area traditionally known as Scotlandville. The area patrolled is roughly bordered on the north by Blount Road and Thomas Road, on the west by the Mississippi River, on the east by Buttonwood Drive, McClelland Drive, and Plank Road, and on the south by Evangeline and Airline Highway.