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Police taking "Zero Tolerance" approach to crime in Frayser

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are focusing on a park in Frayser in their efforts to cut down on crime this holiday weekend.

Police spent Saturday in the community as part of the Community Outreach Program.

"We found out from several residents that there were gangs in Denver Park," said Lt. Steven Ware with the Memphis Police Department.

Acting upon the concerns of the community, police executed operation "Zero Tolerance," an Easter weekend patrol targeting criminal activity.

Fountain of Life pastor Jeremiah Harris hosted a community Easter egg hunt and said the increased police presence complements the church's mission.

"Our desire as a church is to let the young people know and the gang members know that there is a better way," said Harris.

Frayser resident Kenneth Jefferson said he is proud of his community.

"This is a good place, a good environment where we can play football and basketball," said Jefferson.

A celebration will be held at Denver Park Sunday to close out the weekend with music and an Easter egg hunt.

"We're going to do basketball, potato sack races, face painting, said Ware.

Jefferson said he will most definitely attend.

"All my friends, pretty much," said Jefferson.  "Some of them will be at church, but we're going to try to get as many as possible to get down there."

The "Zero Tolerance" Easter Celebration will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in Denver Park behind Denver Elementary School.  The Memphis Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department will also be there.  They said the public is invited.

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