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Tifton commissioner wants to stop the Violence

Commissioner Melissa Hughes is asking her community for help to end violence Commissioner Melissa Hughes is asking her community for help to end violence
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A concerned Tift County Commissioner wants to put an end to crime in her community.     

She's pushing to re-start neighborhood watches.

Commissioner Melissa Hughes is asking her community for help to end violence by making a pledge to make her community safer for everyone.  

"It's time for us to take it to the streets, let the bad people know we will not stand for it in our community," she said.  

Several recent shootings in Tifton and Tift County led Hughes to organize a Stop the Violence neighborhood watch, with the help of the Tift County Sheriff's Office.  

"Maybe if we start reporting of these things before they happen. It won't escalate," said Hughes.  

Commissioner Hughes says it's time to put an end to violence in the Friendly City.   "To get phone calls from a mother saying her child has gotten shot and asking the question, what will I do, it disturbs me," she said.  

Hughes says it doesn't matter where you live, violence affects everyone.   "It is a growing problem. It is not isolated. It's not just in one area of the community," she said.  

Hughes says it will take the support of everyone in the community to stop the violence. 

The stop the violence rally will be held May 27 at 6 p.m. at the Southside Community Center in Tifton.

 

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