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Jackson Police Department holds prayer gathering

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Crime in the capital city is declining and we have the numbers to prove it.

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance broke down the numbers showing felony crimes reduced more than 10 percent in 2015 from 2014.

Friday Chief Vance invited city leaders, residents and many more to join him as he and his team clenched to the power of prayer.

Students sang, "Only love can make a difference."

Young voices from Brown Elementary School touched hearts of city leaders as the power of prayer was highlighted inside the Jackson Police Department.

Pastor Larry Wilson said, "I have an old saying. Nothing ever alter until you put it on the altar. So, if you want change you have to pray."

The courtroom was full of prayer warriors like Pastor Larry Wilson and Jim Sullivan. The two were sitting in to listen to Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance, Mayor Tony Yarber, Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray and the list continued of those who took center stage praying for change in within the city.

Jim Sullivan said, "Jackson is a good example of every other city in the state to begin to have city prayer."

Chief Vance announced crime is declining in the capital city. Felony crimes reduced 17 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Vance says while his team is putting in work around the clock he also gives credit to prayer.

Chief Lee Vance said, "It's not a declaration of victory, but it's an acknowledgment that we asked for help from the almighty and we got it. And we have made some progress, significant progress."

Sullivan said, "It's the heart of the people that has to change. It's not the issues, it's not the situation, it's our hearts that need to change for God's purpose and his kingdom here in Jackson and the state of Mississippi."

Wilson said, "Prayer changes things."

Chief Vance said he will continue the public prayer gatherings every six months.

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