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Sioux City neighborhood takes action against crime

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- After multiple shootings on Sioux City's west side the community decided to make a stand. 

They reformed the West Side Coalition.

Thursday night the coalition met for a second time to address issues in their community.

Many turned out for the meeting including Sioux City's Mayor, and representatives from the police and fire departments.

The community spoke out about concerns ranging from traffic to drugs enforcement in the area.

Tiffany Leckband who helped lead the meeting felt it was a positive step forward for the area.

Some people are too scared to call it in to the cops. So maybe a setting like this, where they can sit down and visit or just say it out loud is more comfortable, but I guess my biggest hope is we're seeing the same things over and over at the same place, this is one way to find that out. This is one way we can work together to get this stuff to stop," said Tiffany Leckband, Coalition Leader.

"The quality of life issues is what keeps people in the neighborhood and keep people living here and want to live here, and that higher of quality of life that we can make for people, the better they get along with their neighbors, and better the whole community becomes," said Sgt. Kevin Heineman, Sioux City Police.

Officers said traffic issues can be immediately worked on by stepping up patrol, but issues like drug enforcement requires the citizens to be vigilant and keep an open eye.

Officers say watch for suspicious activity and report it to law enforcement.

That will help officers in stopping criminal activity in Sioux City's west side.

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