State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) held a Crime and Safety Town Hall this week featuring panelists from local law enforcement agencies, area schools, community groups and churches, along with a security expert. The meeting was held in response to a recent crime increase in Detroit and its surrounding areas.

“I have recently seen an uptick in crime in the district and want to make sure our community members are informed of the situation and armed with the knowledge to stay safe,” Banks said. “I was happy to see so many residents at the meeting and I will continue to hold events to keep our community safe.”

More than 72 residents attended the town hall. Along with panelist discussions, Banks took the time to speak with as many residents as possible. At the end of the event, guests left with an increased knowledge of how to keep themselves and their families protected from crime.

“As always, it was a pleasure to interact with the people I represent. The Crime and Safety Town Hall was a major success and I look forward to continuing the conversation with district residents at upcoming events and coffee hours.”

Banks holds coffee hours the first Monday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy Restaurant, 20710 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods and the third Monday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at McDonald’s, 16950 Harper Ave. in Detroit.