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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Lists are being handed out to local pastors and on those lists, the names of troubled youth.
Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka is getting creative in finding ways to keep local youth away from violence, and he's doing it all on his own time.
Dozens off incidents of shots fired in Waterloo and two cases in which Waterloo children were the accidental victims has police saying "we have to do better."
"How can we get to those young men to prevent them from getting arrested or getting killed?" said Trelka.
Prevention being the key word, Trelka sourced a list of kids with a tendency for violence -- a move he said was a risk.
"But that was a risk we were willing to take in our police department," said Trelka.
It was then Trelka reached out to local pastors for help, including his own, Pastor Quovadis Marshall with Hope City Church.
Marshall says the idea struck his heart.
"I was one of those young men that could have been on that list," said Marshall.
Encouraged and inspired by his outreach, Marshall joined Trelka in the quest to get ahead of the problem, reaching out to kids and teaching them to make the right choices.
"I believe these kids can do better and they can be better, sometimes they just need a little extra help," said Marshall.
Trelka says they've had many successes in the approach, but there are also many failures.
He's encouraging everyone who is part of the community to volunteer and do whatever they can to help out.
He says he doesn't want to see another life needlessly lost to prison or death..