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Residents and police discuss crime concerns

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Katrelia Gray is stopping by the first meeting of the year about crime in Monroe.

"A lot of exciting things are coming. I'm really looking forward to it," Gray said.

Gray went to the meeting after her workout. Just like many in the ArkLaMiss, pumping some iron is hard to do during daylight hours. But with the recent sexual assaults in the city, Gray is concerned with her current workout plan.

"I do a lot of things at night, I get home late. I have a daughter. I'm really concerned about that." Gray said.

Chief Quentin Holmes is hoping for a bigger turnout at the meetings. Sitting in the one Tuesday were mostly council members and police officers. Gray believes a key ingredient is absent from this room.

"I was really looking forward to seeing more residents tonight," Gray said.

Investigators are currently working on some fatal hit and runs. They're also looking into a couple homicides.

But in this crime meeting, investigators are going over crimes among the mentally ill. Holmes is working on getting every officer certified in crisis intervention. That's a way, the chief says, in handling a situation with a growing number of people who have mental conditions.

"I really want more community to come out and get informed," Gray said.

As for Gray, she believes officers are moving in the right direction, now it's just up to the homeowners.

Holmes is releasing the yearly crime report next Tuesday.

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