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Crime first priority despite Chief's retirement

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A community rallies against crime and now some are wondering what the future holds for the city after Chief Willie Lovett retires.

Savannah Church of God hosted an event for the folks in the community to come together as a way to promote positive behavior and reduce crime and some say now is more important than ever.

"First of all we believe that folks ought to be good neighbors," said Pastor Del Barksdale, Savannah Church of God.  

It was a Saturday filled with fun and games, engaging children in the community.

"We've got to speak out against that and we got to make our kids understand that you can have fun without violence," said Larry ‘Gator' Rivers, Former Harlem Globe Trotter.  

Crime prevention is on the minds of many, some wondering what's next for Savannah's local law enforcement after Chief Willie Lovett's retirement.

 "I think it's sad about that situation and I just hope that everyone that's involved, it will work out for the best," said Rivers.

"I'm sure the city will rebound, we will grow, we will come together and I'm sure we will unify under this situation," said Benjamin Bryant, church member.

Folks in the community are optimistic that the city will overcome this.

"We have always had good support from Savannah- Chatham Police and we hope to continue to work with them as they continue to work with us; being connected is always important and we want to do our part to foster that," said Barksdale.  

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