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TPD initiative attempts to reduce violence in north Toledo

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police spent time in a north Toledo neighborhood talking with residents about their push to stop gang violence.

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 activity.

"Last year, there was a lot of shooting, running between houses and stuff," said Richard West, who lives in the neighborhood.

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 it."

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