CPD gets personal with outreach initiative

CPD gets personal with outreach initiative

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen and his team of commanding officers spent some time Thursday in uniform but answering to a different type of call.

The vast majority of people in the community never have an interaction with a police officer. They just don't, and this allows us to have one-on-one contact with individuals from the community under different circumstances."

The town hall was the first of four that will be held in the coming weeks. Mullen says his force wants to reach more people in casual, friendly settings. Among the departments represented were the narcotics division, traffic unit and investigations department.

"It shows that they care," says James Island resident Donna McDaniel. "They want to hear what the citizens have to say, and also so they can have that rapport with the community."

Mullen says often times situations that involve law enforcement take on a life of their own in the community.

"A lot of people feel like we can just go and do a search of a house, and the law does not allow us to do that. There are a lot of things that have to go into that investigation. So, we think education and information is very powerful for the community to have."

The team also encouraged people to be their eyes and ears and make that call.

"I have seen things, and I have often thought should I call, and now I feel better about it, that I will call," says Ginny Ravenel, another James Island resident.

Three more similar meetings will be held in West Ashley, downtown Charleston and on Daniel Island.