In an attempt to better involve residents and foster understanding of the role of police and fire, Folly Beach Public Safety is launching new community programs for its residents.
One of these programs is a "Citizen Auxiliary" to help fire and police with administrative tasks and serve as ambassadors during busy periods.
Others include: free home security and fire assessments, working with local churches to help the homeless and a Citizen's Police Academy, a detailed course to help residents understand just how a public safety department operates and why it does what it does and how.
"These programs not only build better relations with our residents, but they help educate those we serve," said Dennis Brown, Director of Public Safety. "By opening up programs like these for our citizens, they can take more ownership in the development of their community."
Other ideas being explored include training for bar and restaurant staff to detect fake IDs and deal with intoxicated patrons, a visitation program for homebound elderly and a youth program in which City staff play sports, video games or other activities with local young people.