GREENSBORO -- Almost 1000 people took "A Pledge of Non-Violence" Saturday at Destiny Christian Center in Greensboro.

This was to show their commitment to safety across the Gate City.

Gun owners also turned in unwanted firearms and ammunition at the event.

Signing the pledge and turning in weapons was spurred, in part, by an increase in gun violence across the city.

This year gun violence has increased 68 percent from last year.

"Our new philosophy of  neighborhood oriented policing we really want to hit the streets and show the community that we are committed to engaging them and serving our community to the fullest,” said Nathaniel Davis of the Greensboro PD.

Signed pledge certificates will be displayed at police headquarters.