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(WMC) – A Memphis community will have the power to fight back against crime with police and a city council member on their side.

Thursday's meeting will be the second in a series of crime summits happening all around the city.

This summit will focus on the Westwood area. The first one was held in Frayser earlier in June.

Residents expressed their concerns to Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove about violence and fear for their personal safety.

Both Armstrong and Fullilove said at that meeting that these summits are a chance for the community, police, and city leaders to work together to turn the tide on violent crimes in every neighborhood.

"The thing that concerns us is the amount of aggravated assaults we've had," said Armstrong. "The accessibility of guns with young people; it is so easy for kids to get access to a gun."

"We're going to listen to these residents because the police cannot be everywhere, but they can be the eyes and the ears of the police," added Fullilove.

The crime summit starts at 7 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in the 3600 block of Weaver Road in the Westwood community.

Fullilove and representatives from the police department are expected to be at the meeting.

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