Ohio's Attorney General came to Akron on Thursday, launching a statewide anti-crime initiative.
The "Safe Neighborhoods Initiative" is aimed at decreasing violent crime by targeting the most violent offenders.
At an event at Akron's House of the Lord Church flanked by local officials and law enforcement, Attorney General Mike DeWine recounted recent high profile violent events in Akron, and promised state resources to help.
But DeWine said the community's cooperation is important to fixing the problem.
"We all know only it's up to the community to make it work. Because it is, the people behind me, it's their community," DeWine noted, looking at a crowd filled with Akron officials and law enforcement officers, including Akron police chief James Nice. "It's up to the community to retake the streets."
DeWine said kids only grow up once, something that's hard to do in violent neighborhoods.
"We need to give kids in these violent neighborhoods their childhood back," DeWine said. "We need to give them their neighborhood back."
Akron mayor Don Plusquellic says he welcomes the program starting in Akron, and notes cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcers in the city.