And as we show you tonight, there are plenty of ideas to go around... all with the hope of a making Milton-Freewater a safer place.
First a murder and shootings --now an assault.
Milton Freewater is a community that knows tragedy all too well.
"I'd like that sense of security back," said Milton-Freewater resident McKenzie Marly.
McKenzie Marly is the daughter of beloved Cecil "Rob" Carter. He was brutally murdered last December.
She now helps organize public meetings -- for citizens and law enforcement to dialogue.
"If we all don't come together - it's not going to work," said Marly.
It's the third meeting like it. County and city officials - along with Representative Greg Smith - answered questions for almost three hours Friday night. About 250 attended the event.
"Milton-Freewater is a fabulous community, but we live in a dangerous society," said Oregon State Representative Greg Smith.
Every family has its ups and downs - including this one. Talks of arming your home and jailing criminals. Plans made for community watch programs, citizen policing and new troopers.
Taking back their town.
"My dad - when he was murdered - you know - he died standing up for what was right. I will live the rest of my life doing the same thing," added Marly.
Deputies are still searching for a person of interest in the assault case.
The community plans to hold another meeting on the 18th.
The new Oregon State Troopers will be added to Umatilla County March first.