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Lawton Police Department Holds First Ever Town Hall Meeting For Crime Prevention

LAWTON, Okla_Hundreds filled the auditorium at City Hall Thursday night to voice their concerns over the rise in crime directly to Lawton's Police Chief.

Community leaders, church leaders and citizens took turns at the podium. Newly appointed Chief James Smith was met with an earful of ideas and received one message loud and clear: The citizens are ready for something to change.

The feeling in the room was one of unity and positivity. It was so clear that there is a true commitment to making sure the town we live in be the best it can possibly be.

Police Chief Smith listened intently to each concern and he was happy to hear all of it.

"But I don't want this to end. We really, really need, I cannot over stress this enough, we really need the participation of the community, " Smith said.

There was a lot of focus on the importance to many about attending church to help solve the crime problem, while others simply think parents need to do their end of the deal and make sure their kids know right from wrong.

Some of the suggestions ranged from officers becoming more friendly and getting to know citizens to coming up with different programs and activities in the community for our youth, so they won't be enticed by the gang and drug community.

Once the open forum ended, Mayor Fitch chimed in to say that a lot of the ideas sounded extremely doable, and the goal now is to actually put some of these ideas to work in hopes that things will start changing soon.

If you missed Thursday's meeting, it will be re-aired on cable channel 97. There is also a second meeting set for December 7th at City Hall.

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