"In my opinion, it's almost out of control."
That's how Wesley House Executive Director Ginger Grissom feels about the recent spike in crime. With armed robberies, vehicle thefts, and shootings all on the rise, she believes that most of the violence is happening between the city's young people, and that gangs are playing a big part.
"In the past we have had officials say there are no gangs. When you say there are no gangs, that's like drawing a line in the sand and saying ok, game on."
Grissom, like many city officials, believes the way Meridian is going to solve its crime problem is by everyone chipping in.
"That is not by sitting at home and watching the news and then chattering about it. We all need to be proactive in that, we have organizations in place that can help us do that."
Some of those organizations include the Citizen's Police Academy and Neighborhood Watches, but until the problem is brought under control, more crime means more victims. Grissom is advocating for a Family Justice Center, where they can help victims of all crimes get back to living a normal life.
"It's a place where a victim of crime can come and receive everything they need right there under one roof."
That Family Justice Center will join community meetings like the one held Saturday morning to allow citizens, community agencies, and city officials to join together to continue to combat crime in the Queen City.
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