GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Greenville Police are working to keep gang-related crimes low within city limits.

"Our homicides are down by 50 percent and I'd like it to be down by 100 percent," said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden.

He said since he took office, he's changed the way officers patrol crime hotspots. He said there are more officers on the beat.

Chief Aden added that the Greenville Police Department is partnering with other agencies, including the IRS, to nab gang members.

"We're now attacking gangs through a model that is dismantling their criminal enterprise," said Chief Aden.

Meanwhile, community members just want the violence to stop. Calvin Henderson, president of the Pitt County NAACP,  held a vigil on the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse Thursday evening to honor victims of gun violence in Greenville neighborhoods.

"We don't need to lose any more of our young people to the hands of guns and violent crimes and gangs," said Henderson.

Aden said community involvement is key in any crime prevention initiative.