Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Members Gather to Discuss How to Lower Crime Rates

Councilwoman Kasha Williams speaks during
Anti Violence Community Team Meeting,
(Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Article by Reese Gordon rgordon@news-journal.com
Longview News Journal

More than 40 community members gathered Tuesday night, Aug. 12, 2014 at Broughton Recreation Center to discuss solutions aimed at reducing violent crime in Longview.

The meeting, organized by grassroots organization Anti-Violence Community Team, featured a guest panel that included Longview Police Chief Don Dingler, District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams and Longview NAACP President Branden Johnson.

Dingler said Tuesday that the presence of neighborhood crime watch groups has helped to lower the crime rate through the first six months of 2014.  “Crime is down 14 percent from last year,” he said. “Things are looking good, but we can’t do anything without your help.”

Longview Police Area Representative Officer Debra Stiles said communities taking a stand in the form of neighborhood watch groups has made a difference in lowering crime this year. “National Night Out on Oct. 7 is a great way to get started with neighborhood watch,” she said. “Anyone who wants to do that can contact me.”

Read the rest of the article online at Longview News Journal.  

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