LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – They're banding together to take back their neighborhood gripped by constant crime.
Councilmen Robert Shankle and Victor Travis are organizing meetings at Goodwill Missionary Church.
Friday's gathering included Lufkin Police Chief Scott Marcotte, local pastors, and North Lufkin residents to discuss ideas on how to put a stop to crime in their community.
"If we just have a rally or do a march to let the community know and the people know and the drug dealers and everyone you know we're going to take our community back," said Shankle.
"People look at the police like we're the "end all" and the "be all" but we're just the beginning," said Marcotte.
"We can talk about it. We can preach about it every Sunday but it doesn't mean anything if the people don't see you outside in the community walking door to door. It also takes us working hand in hand with the officials that we have," said one local pastor.
Shankle says there will be a prayer time held at Brandon Park Saturday at 7 a.m.