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Crime-Free Meeting Sparks Community Discussion

Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall speaks at the event Thursday evening. Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall speaks at the event Thursday evening.

In front of a packed church, among concerned residents, local law enforcement officials and community leaders gathered to discuss the problem of crime.

"We have to at least understand what needs to be done and how effectively we can do it," said Kevin Nero, facilitator for the Crime-Free Meeting.

With drugs and violence as strong topics, the panel looked for a way to stop crime at the source.

"We have got to intervene at the first sign of trouble.  What is it?  [Kids] in school and getting suspended from school," said Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks.

The discussion moved off of Montgomery's streets and into the homes.

"Most kids are good kids.  All they need is for someone to lead them in the right direction," explained Chief Art Baylor of the Montgomery Police Department.

However, with violence as a way of life for some Montgomery residents, authorities agreed--if nothing changes--crime will continue to be a problem.

"There will be another one, behind the other one, behind the other one," said Brooks of criminal offenders.

Edward J. Nettles, Sr., pastor of Montgomery's Freewill Missionary Baptist Church, agrees.  He says the community must become united before any real work can be done.

"...so that we can become more powerful in eliminating and addressing the needs of our community," Nettles explained.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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