LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Residents of the Columbian Park neighborhood turned to law enforcement for answers Tuesday.
Nearly two dozen Columbian Park residents showed up at Tuesday night's community meeting to voice their frustrations to Lafayette police.
While residents say they're concerned about possible gang activity in their neighborhood, police say they aren't aware of any gang activity.
Officers encouraged residents to call them anytime they see something out of the ordinary.
Police are working with the Columbian Park staff to insure that the park is a safe environment for visitors.
Residents at the meeting believe kids are causing a majority of the problems. Resident Phillip Stacy says there needs to be more youth programs.
"Teach them how to be valuable additions to their community, instead of, 'I see that and I want it, I'm going to go steal it,' or 'I got nothing else to do, hey let's go hang out and disturb the peace or whatever,'" says Stacy. "Give them something that is going to benefit them in the future."
"We're working towards cop pop which is our community policing, where we actually get out and meet with people out in the community and we speak with them about the issues that are generally affecting them," says LPD Ofc. Jeff Webb.
The next scheduled community meeting is set for the second Tuesday in August.
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