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Eastside Pioneers Neighborhood Association meets with police

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It has been less than two weeks since shots rang out in the early afternoon near 15th Ave. SE and 2nd St. SE, and neighbors are frightened and frustrated with what they feel is increasing crime in their community.

Thursday members of the Eastside Pioneers Neighborhood Association met with Rochester Police and city and county officials to discuss their concerns.

"We really need to make our neighborhood safer," said Jammie McGuire

"It threatens the safety and security of the neighborhood and they are spooked and they're concerned," said Neighborhood Association President Michael LaPlante. "They want something done."

LaPlante said the purpose of the meeting was to help open up communication between the police and neighbors.

At times the meeting was tense, but neighbors said they were happy to have the opportunity to meet with officers and voice their concerns.

"I think the police department does a pretty good job," McGuire said. "I think it's just hard to find somebody to blame. It's hard to find a solution."

For neighbors, that solution has become even more important since shots were fired.

"If you don't feel safe or secure in your neighborhood, everything else -- it just doesn't matter," said LaPlante

LaPlante says he feels that the meeting was successful and hopes it will lead to better communication between neighbors and the police department.

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