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Ex-offenders come together to fight crime

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(WMC-TV) – It's all part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. Residents in North Memphis were greeted with a smile and some much needed information to help curb crime in high crime areas.

They call themselves the "Blight Patrol" and they spent their Monday morning pounding the pavement with Memphis police.

"We hear gunshots but once you've been here so long, you get used to it." Said LaRoyal Oliver, resident.

These volunteers are part of a group called LifeLine to Success.

It's a group of ex-offenders trying to change their lives and the community around them.

"If you could talk to me and I could talk to you and all get along with each other, we wouldn't have these problems," said Frederick Adams, resident.

Monday morning, LifeLine to Success members knocked on doors in hopes of getting residents involved in the fight against blight and crime.

"We want people to feel safe in their neighborhoods...where the children can come out and you can walk to the store." said Urelene Vaught, with LifeLine Success.

Oliver has lived in the Corning Village Apartments for five years.

Even though she's used to gunshots, she says she is now determined to do everything she can to keep her young daughter safe.

"The young community now days...they start a bunch of crap that shouldn't be going on," Oliver said.

With the help of DA Amy Weirich and Memphis Police, group members knocked on every door in the Pershing Park and Corning Village Apartments.

In addition to signing residents here up for neighborhood watch, they also helped promote Memphis CrimeStoppers by telling residents to evict drug dealers by calling in and turning them into police.

"Let us know what's going on…where the problem it so we can make a change," said Vaught. "Let's do something about it."

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