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Pastors call on city to help with crime problems in East Columbus

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The sudden spike in crime is putting residents in the Carver Heights area on edge. At the same time, it has ignited a fire in a group of Columbus pastors.

They are looking to the city for not just answers, but to help breath life back into a community that was once considered safe.

"We are calling on the crime prevention director to invite us to the table, we go forward to try to bring in ideas and brainstorm ways to assist and curb the rash of violence that seems to be escalating in the community," Pastor Huling

Pastors Ralph Huling, Zeph Baker, and Harry McCall all met Thursday to discuss ways to approach city leaders about the recent crime in East Columbus.

"By bringing our community leaders our spiritual leaders together so we can bring out different viewpoints so we can offer solutions to these many problems," Zeph Baker said.

"The Church should take leadership but we have to implement ministers that would help us to become proactive in any given community," McCall said.

News Leader 9 caught up with Columbus crime prevention director, Seth Brown, and told him about the group's frustrations as well as their interest in working with his office.

"We know that the churches are a starting point in the community, they can help us make this happen I'm excited about Zeph and this group coming together," Brown said.

Major Julius Graham with Columbus police says they are doing all they can to insure that people in Carver Heights are safe.

"We increase our patrol in those areas and of course we implement special details to include unmarked vehicles as well as officers in plain clothes," Graham said.

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