Tallahassee, FL -- January 26, 2012 --
A local church just blocks away from where law enforcement took down a number of drug dealers took steps to continue their effort to clean up the streets.
Federal gun and drug charges that helped arrest 14 sparked this event in Griffin Heights. U.S. Attorney General Pamela Marsh and Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones were part of a panel at New Birth Tabernacle of Praise Church.
Jones says answering questions from community members about crime in the area goes a long way.
"The biggest benefit is to hear what's going on in the community," said Jones. "The community comes out. They live here. These folks are citizens here. They live in the community. They know what's going on in their community. "
Pastor Rudy Ferguson hosted the event and says the time to change the neighborhood is now.
"This meeting tonight got the ball rolling to say, 'Ok! Enough is enough," said Ferguson. "We're going to help you whether you want it or not. We're here to assist and we will get the job done."
U.S. Attorney General Pamela Marsh says the momentum needs to continue.
"We need everyone to stay active," said Marsh. "Law enforcement will stay active. We need mentors we need social services organizations and I think they're all here they've all stepped up to the plate."
With many residents addressing their concerns the future looks bright.
"There's every reason to be positive. You saw how many people were here, how many people participated. This neighborhood has inspired us."
The event was sponsored by One Voice Coalition of Tallahassee.