A lot of people had a lot of ideas on how to solve the problem of violence in Peoria.
Nearly 150 people attended a Stop The Violence town hall meeting Thursday night at Bethel United Methodist Church. Ideas ranged from respecting children, replacing street lights, becoming part of neighborhood associations, improving education and "be a snitch" and report suspicious activity to police.
Representatives from various social service agencies and the police department were also on hand to explain the service they provide and ask for volunteers.
First District City Councilwoman Denise Moore hosted the meeting and reminded everyone this is a call to action to them.
"Don't hear what's being said here and wait for someone else to do it," says Moore. "Go out into your own neighborhood and pick up trash in front of your own house and someone else's house. Take ownership."
Moore the bottom line is no one agency or person can solve the problem of crime in the city alone.
"Law enforcement can't do it by themselves, the community can't do it by itself, the churches can't do it by themselves," Moore explains. "But together we can collaborate and make this thing happen."
How will Moore know the meeting is a success?
"The neighborhood associations will be able to tell me that," Moore says. "I've already been told by people on the south end they can feel the excitement of people wanting to see change."
Moore says she intends to hold meetings like this quarterly.
"I'm expecting small changes first, and then big changes later."