Toledo Police spent time in a
north Toledo neighborhood talking with residents about their push to stop gang
It was part of their Toledo
Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (T-CIRV), which operates under the idea
that it takes a team to make and keep Toledo's streets safe.
Police say last summer the
neighborhood near Smith Park had high incidents of violent crime and gang
"Last year, there was a lot
of shooting, running between houses and stuff," said Richard West, who lives in
On Monday, six teams made up of
officers from TPD, FBI, OSHP, the Lucas County Sheriff's Office and community
members put their feet to the ground. They knocked on doors and talked with
neighbors about their concerns of gang activity and other crimes. They also
gave residents cards with numbers on how to report what they see, and
information about the T-CIRV program.
"It's not just a law
enforcement problem, it's a community problem," said Sgt. Anita Madison of TPD.
"And it's going to take the entire community to come together and work with us
and help to make the community safe."
Over about an hour, the teams
covered 13 blocks, including West's. He says for some, the sight of the police
may have been cause for alarm, but he says he's happy to see them.
"I would like to…be able to
sit on my porch in peace," West said. "If this is the beginning of getting
things back to the community, the way it used to be, then I'm 100 percent for