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In a segment hosted by Great Big Story, we learned that the Oakland Zookeepers make use of Jack London's Wholesale Produce Market. In the video,...

Oakland leaders look to clean up Jack London District

Paul Chambers/KTVU.com

(OAKLAND, CA) — Leaders in Oakland's Jack London District are cracking down on crime and keeping its streets clean all at the same time.

Wearing neon green uniforms, maintenance and safety ambassadors are walking the streets clean up the area as well as provide a very important service.

"They'll provide safety escorts between any two destinations in the district. They interact with people smile greet them," says Savlan Hauser Executive Director of Jack London Improvement District.

The ambassadors program came to Jack London District a little more than two months ago. They patrol from Sixth Street down to the water and from Brush to Fallon Streets. The purpose is to help beautify the area, as well as make people coming to Jack London feel safe.

The nonprofit program is run by Jack London Improvement District which was created three months ago. It's based out of the former Urban Blend Cafe on Broadway. There hours of operation are from 6 a.m., until 11 p.m. So far crews say they have picked up more than 34,000 pounds of trash, cleaned up more than 7,000 graffiti stickers and have had interactions with more than 11,000 people. The ambassadors are also working to improve the Interstate 880 underpass. They also provide services to those in need by having regular engagement with the homeless.

The ambassadors say just by simply being in the area, its deterred break-ins. "A lot of times folks tend to get dropped off and start casing cars. So a lot of times ambassadors start noticing this behavior and they'll just roll by. A simple presence of a radio and a bright shirt have people thinking twice," Carlos Paz of Jack London Improvement District.