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Church members to help crackdown on violence in Hillcrest, Houston Moore communities

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Since the recent spike in shootings, some pastors have been meeting with Police Chief Ralph Evangelous talking about how to crackdown on violence.

Besides seeing more of a police presence, people living in communities like Hillcrest and Houston Moore will soon start seeing church members.

James Jamison the pastor of Hope Baptist Church For All Nations tells us Wednesday night his church, along with several others, will host a cookout in the heart of Hillcrest.

"If we're going to ask people of the community to live there at night, we can't on the other hand say we're afraid to go there at night. We also want to serve notice to those in the criminal element we're not moved by you. We're not going to say we can't go here or can't go there, because you're going to cut up. We're going to go where we want and when we want because at the end of the day this is our city," said Pastor James Jamison.

On Saturday, members of Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church plan to walk through Hillcrest and Houston Moore praying. They hope their presence will encourage people to not be afraid to help police solve crimes.

"People have fear, because they don't have any redress. They don't feel obviously that police can protect them, but if they feel God can protect them - they may be more willing to talk," said Cheryl Sparks who attends Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist.

"The other thing we can do is we ourselves be the first to report. Also, advocate we will report. Snitching - I don't understand the concept. Snitching is talking about something you don't know about. But if you hurt someone in front of me, I'm telling," added Jamison.

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