JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- It's a new spin on crime fighting. You don't need a badge or a gun. One group is taking to the streets with nothing but faith.
It is often said the power of prayer can be strong. And one Northside community is backing that claim up.
"We call it spiritual warfare," said Pastor Al Wellington Barlow.
In 2009, the Prayer Walking initiative began down these crime riddled streets of Panama Park. House by house this group would pray out front. And as the days passed, they say the crime began trickling away.
"We're talking about DUI's down 1,400 percent. Violent crime's down in double digits in this particular concentrated area," said Wellington Barlow.
Sheriff John Rutherford says he knows its a different approach to crime fighting. But it's a method he has welcomed with open arms.
"I believe in prayer. I know that prayer puts angels to work," he said.
The group is also asking people to adopt their own street and pray there. They say it will not only cut down crime but allow you to better get to know your neighbors.
Sheriff Rutherford says Jacksonville is a big city and they simply can't do it alone. He says community involvement like this really does make a difference.