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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for a "Call to Action" from Detroit Police Chief James Craig. He's asking Detroiters to get involved and help fight crime in a city that has one of the highest crime rates in the nation.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Murdoch's report.

The event took place at Triumph Church on the city's east side.

"We need you. We need people out on the streets when our babies are going to school and coming home because they know they can snatch them at any time," said one concerned resident.

People lined up at a microphone for a chance to talk to Chief Craig about problems plaguing their neighborhoods. The "Call To ACtion" forum proved to be popular. People came from all over the city to share their ideas and get information on how to start block clubs and neighborhood patrols. It's the first step in curbing crime and letting criminals know the people of Detroit are serious about stopping the violence.

"We got almost 400 people who came out," Chief Craig told Fox 2. "A lot of people are willing to roll their sleeves up. There was very little complaining; it was more solution driven. Those were the rules today. I'm excited about going forward and it's not going to stop here."

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