Neighborhood walks hope to curb crime



Posted on November 4, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 12 at 12:07 PM


Darla Miles reports

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Crimes occur every day, but in one Fort Worth neighborhood, 35 people have fallen victim to crime in the past three months.

In an effort to reverse the trend, Fort Worth Police are partnering with the Fort Worth Housing Authority, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and local clergy to scare off the criminal element with the Neighborhood Service Walk.

On Wednesday afternoon more than two dozen Fort Worth Police officers and clergy members walked through J.A. Caville Apartment Complex knocking on doors and listening to residents' concerns.

"They were definitely stunned and surprised that we were coming not simply to put people in jail, or to enforce to the law, but to see how we could meet their needs and establish a relationship," said Cpt. Gene Jones of the Fort Worth Police Department.

A month ago Billy Bishop was walking his wife home when they walked in between a group of men fighting.

"I got hit four times. Once in my shoulder right at my chest," he said.

Officers say they don't know why the rise in crime has occured, but they are planning the Neighborhood Walks once a month.

They say the people who live here aren't the source of the criminal activity. It's those that come in from the outside.