PINE BLUFF, AR- The Westside Loop community neighborhood watch in Pine Bluff is concerned about sex offenders moving into the area, and hoping for answers at a town hall meeting tonight from city and state leaders.
The Mayor and a representative from the Department of Community Correction were invited to attend the meeting, but didn't show up.
Much to the disappointment of the neighbors who still don't have the answers they're looking for to put their minds at ease.
Neighbors of the Westside loop community fear a halfway house for level 3 and 4 sex offenders in the area is a major safety risk.
Martha Frazier, a concerned citizen says "they're free to go anywhere they want to in our city and we have no jobs for them to apply to. That's one of the goals they should be looking at."
The goal of the town hall meeting, is to ask questions and voice concerns.
Diana Murray Whitaker is another concerned citizen
"The security level is not accurate for our neighborhood we have children and elderly in this neighborhood," says Whitaker
Pine Bluff Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks says these neighbors are doing the right thing by coming together to protect their community.
Says Hubanks, "the entire approach of with community oriented policing is involvement and that's why we're very very glad to see the Loop neighbors doing what they're doing."
The neighborhood watch members hoped to hear from a representative with the Department of Community Correction, but no one came. That is a huge disappointment for people who still don't have the answers to the questions they're looking for.
Ora Mays says "it's not all about our community, because what goes on in our backyard, if they're unsupervised they can be in anyone else's backyard."
Diane Murray Whitaker adds "we're not saying these people shouldn't have a place to go very one as a citizen should have a place to go."
They just want more rules and regulations in place.
These neighbors are hoping to get some sort of legislation passed.
They want rules in place to prevent another halfway house from coming into another community like this in the future.
The project has been in the works for more than a year and the neighbors say the Department of Community Correction hasn't informed them yet how soon sex offenders could be moving in.