LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police held a meeting with community members Thursday evening to talk about the increase in violent crimes.

This meeting, “Chat with the Chief”, was the first of seven meetings with Chief Kenton Buckner. The department is holding these meetings to stress the importance of community involvement to help stop crime.

Chief Buckner said sometimes crime is attributed to the lack of officers in the department. Little Rock is currently short 75 officers. He said the other obstacles they face in the city are; poverty, low academic achievement, teenage pregnancy, mental illness, unemployment, and black on black crime.

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Chief Buckner said the community must stay informed and he encourages everyone to keep up with the department on social media.

“You say, why don't you all do more with kids? well, I would ask you have you seen us on social media? why don't you catch some of these criminals? well did you see that on social media?,” he said.

The chief also took questions from the crowd about encounters with Little Rock officers and their safety concerns. The next scheduled “Chat with the Chief” is July 6th at 6 p.m. at Hall High School.