The news conference inside city hall began with mayor Robert Reichert addressing the recent shootings in the city that left four young men wounded, and a fifth one dead.
The mayor spoke of new initiatives he planned to implement to help kids stay, or get back on track, and away from crime.
Reichert said, keeping kids in line, starts at home.
"Part of what I would recommend that parents do, is be aware of their children's activities on the computer and internet."
Reichert said his plan is to 're-double' the city's police force, which he said means being more focused, and dedicating more of the city's resources to the crime 'hot spots'.
Residents had mixed feelings as to how they thought the mayor and the police have been handling the crime in the city. Praise for their work came from the lips of some, while others argued more needs to be done.
One man suggested the police set up road blocks in the hot spot areas, and catch the youths before they commit a crime.
"(If) they ain't got no license, arrest them. If you (police) ain't got nowhere to take them, take them somewhere...and let them spend the night in jail," he said.
The mayor said he and city officials will work on two key ways to help keep the city streets safe.
The first is to have a plan of Intervention. Reichert says law enforcement will punish offenders to the full extent of the law.
He also said the city will partner with the Sheriff's office, Crime Stoppers, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the D.E.A., the F.B.I., and the D.A. to help keep the city focused and criminals from striking.
The second part is to Prevent these sort of crimes from happening among youths.
Reichert plans to expand youth programs like D.A.R.E., and have better after school church and school programs for kids.
He also encouraged people to talk with your children, and have an active part in their lives. He says parents should be a part of their children's activities, and know what is going on in their lives.
Reichert broke down in front of the crowd, when he said the most important thing people can do for the community, is to pray.
"We will pray for wisdom, we will pray for discernment, we will pray for God's guidance," Reichert said choking back tears.