Police problem training involves community input

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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Police officers hit the streets of Folly Beach in full force, not to investigate a crime, but to get answers from the community.

"We're always looking for new methods and new ways to enhance the services we offer to the community," Chief Deputy Brad Wade said.

In this training exercise, officers pounded the pavement walking from business to business and home to home on Folly Beach surveying people.

"Question one. How would you rate your police department on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the least satisfied and 10 the most satisfied," Folly Beach Public Safety officer Mike Jackson said.

The surveys gathered business's and resident's input on issues like parking, open containers, and people's satisfaction with local police. More than 16 officers from Folly Beach Public Safety, Isle of Palms Police Department, and Charleston Police Departments were involved.

"We do have officers from other communities because we all share similar problems and with different ways of looking at solutions," Wade said.

After the officers completed the surveys they came back here to the public safety department to share their findings and offer possible solutions. The goal of the two day seminar was to get officers thinking about problem solving with the community that could possibly lead to changes in policies or laws.

The Carolinas Institute for Community Policing taught the training class. Community policing partnerships usually include businesses, residents, non-profits, and the media.

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