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Police, community work together for change

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Citizens worked hand-in-hand with police officers on Saturday to beautify their neighborhood. The Fisher Street Community clean-up event took place throughout Saturday morning in Jonesboro.

Everyone from children to adults took part in the effort. Volunteers gathered debris, with that being one step to revitalizing the area.

Reverend Dr. Charles Coleman helped organize the event through the Fisher Street Community in Action initiative.

"We've had about five agencies out here, Youth Move out here, sanitation department out here, we have the police department as a whole out here, we have some community involvement out here,” Coleman said. “So, it's a big deal. I mean this is probably one of the best clean-up programs we’ve ever had."

According to Coleman, the area has been somewhat crime infested and Saturday’s effort was held in hopes of taking back the neighborhood.

"This is an area that has had some problems in the past and we're starting to see a turnaround in this area,” Jonesboro Police Department's Chief, Rick Elliot, said. “A lot of old houses being torn down, new apartment going up so, there's a little bit of revitalization going on and we just want to give them a hand in taking back their neighborhood.”

The police department's street crimes unit will also be targeting this area of town in an effort to run off any criminal activity.

Chief Elliot also encourages other neighborhoods in town to make the same type of cleanup effort.

He said the police department would be happy to partner with other neighborhoods looking to clean up their area of town.

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