Curbing Violence With Kindness in Sterling - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Curbing Violence With Kindness in Sterling

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:55:32 GMT
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.More >>
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.
    More >>
  • Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:32:10 GMT
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trail against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trial against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
  • First Alert Weather 24/7

    KWQC 24/7 Weather

    KWQC 24/7 Weather is our 24 hour weather channel.  It's available here at KWQC.com, on Mediacom Channel 247 (in the Quad Cities), over the air on Digital 6.2 or you can call your local cable company...More >>
    KWQC 24/7 Weather is our 24 hour weather channel.  It's available here at KWQC.com, on Mediacom Channel 247 (in the Quad Cities), over the air on Digital 6.2 or you can call your local cable company to ask for KWQC 24/7 Weather.More >>

Gun shots rang through a Sterling neighborhood Sunday.

A gang shooting at another - putting others in danger in the crossfire. 

Sadly - this isn't the first time this has happened.

Over the years - Sterling police have been dealing with gang members coming from Chicago and Peoria - and setting up shop in the town of 15,000 people.

There have been efforts in the past to curb the violence, some successful. Others not. 

But now- one group has decided to take a different approach - tackling a problem fill with hate, with kindness.

We Can - a Whiteside County group committed to safety - is getting ready to organize several "Know Your Neighbor" socials.

These will be held at local churches - inviting people to simply get to know their neighbors.

"This is an effort to bring people back individually and shake hands and say hello," says Pastor Jeff Coester. "To know who your neighbor is."

This he says, will hopefully promote a sense of responsibility for one another -instead of apathy.

"When people know each other - they are more likely to call if they see something suspicious," says Coester. "Theyt are more likely to turn on a light . More like to walk over if they see something isn't right."

He says the object, is simple.

"On of our goals is to just have people know the person behind them. Know who the people in front of them. Know the person to each side of them. And to just rade phone numbers and look out for one another."

Police departments are excited for the community push too.

"There's so much more to law enforcement than just policing, "says Lt. Doug Fargher."The community informs plice by keeping track of what's going on in the neighborhoods."

Something everyone hopes will make for less gangs and more peace in the area.