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Group thanks community for helping to try and tackle Flint crime

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(02/24/14) - They came together to say "thank you" for trying to help tackle crime in Flint.

"Collectively, as people who are on the front line working incredibly hard to make a difference, we wanted to personally say 'thank you,'" says Kenyetta Dotson, with WOW Outreach.

The group gathered inside the Church Without Walls, touting recently released crime statistics.

Last week, Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said preliminary FBI stats, for the first half of 2013, showed a 26 percent drop in violent crime.

A few shared their stories.

"I was part of this problem that's plaguing this city right now, 20 years ago," said Ken Dickerson. "I lost my son to senseless violence."

"I did 33 years in prison," said Robbie Taylor.

All had a message.

"We have to be a part of the solution," Dotson said.

"No member of this community is helpless. We all can band together to make sure we are using the assets we have. Not money, but a personal commitment," said Tendaji Ganges. "Each one of us has a job to do."

Days ago, Flint Police praised citizens who got involved and helped them quickly solve two crimes.

If you want to volunteer or find out how you can help, there are opportunities available with Dotson's organization. Contact WOW Outreach at 810-789-7700.

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