Anti-violence town hall moves forward without GPD

Anti-violence town hall moves forward without GPD

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A town hall meeting Thursday night tackled the topic of violence, but without representatives from local law enforcement.

The meeting was sponsored by IRD YouthBuild, an organization formed to help at-risk youth. Several organizations provided information to residents.

The panel included educators, lawyers and community leaders, but missing were members of the Gulfport Police Department.

Organizer Jake Cook says it was a "miscommunication," and that he wants the police to be an important part of the effort.

"There is not an issue with the Gulfport police," Cook said.

Among the items discussed was the formation of a hotline that will connect residents with resources, mentors and coaches.

Cook says the effort has no territorial boundaries.

"Although we're here in Gulfport, this is not an opportunity just for Gulfport. It's for coast wide, state line to state line, the coastal counties," said Cook. "So, we're going to eventually be doing more of these meetings in Hancock County and Jackson County as well."

About 100 people attended the event.

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