EBRSO opens new complex for property crimes & investigative unit

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office cut the ribbon today at the new EBRSO Property Crimes Complex located at 11130 Industriplex Blvd.

The approximately 7,500 square-foot facility houses EBRSO’s new Investigative Support Unit as well as the armed robbery and burglary, auto theft, organized retail theft and extra duty divisions.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux created the new EBRSO Investigative Support Unit (ISU) to assist deputies with in-progress calls for service as well as with developing leads for cases under investigation.

ISU uses technology, such as automated license plate recognition (ALPRs), crime cameras, and other computer programs to assist investigators with identifying suspects, suspect vehicles, or locating video footage of a crime.

ISU is also tasked with assisting deputies who are responding to an in-progress call by using technology to direct responding deputies to a suspect or give any details about the scene they are able to gather using technology.

ISU is made up of detectives with the larceny division tasked with auto theft and organized retail theft investigations.

“I’m very excited and hopeful for the new capabilities and intelligence gathering of the Investigative Support Unit,” said Sheriff Gautreaux . “This level of information integration will be invaluable to preventing and solving crimes in our community. In addition, having the Property Crimes Complex located in the center of one of the business hubs of our community, will allow for better collaboration with our business partners and for quicker response times.”

The ISU monitoring room, equipped with large-scale viewing screens, will allow deputies to monitor events as they occur and relay that information to those on scene. Deputies will monitor crime cameras, traffic cameras, shot spotters, LPR alerts, active call screens and other event-specific intelligence. There are future plans to expand equipment and coverage for further crime prevention and solving efforts.

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