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Charleston Police Department tries to build trust in communities

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A new Charleston Police Department unit called a Community Action Team will try to build community trust in three upper peninsula neighborhoods.

"A better relationship in the community make incidents in the community a little less frequent than what we're used to seeing," Sergeant Damien Seabrook, who's in charge of the unit, said.

The team has eight officers who will work to form better relationships in the Athens Court, Rosemont and Bridgeview neighborhoods, where Denzel Curnell recently killed himself during a confrontation with an officer.

“There's never going to be 100 percent cooperation,” Seabrook said. “That's unrealistic, but do we strive for 100 percent? Yes, of course."

Crime in the three areas is down but the team hopes its new relationships can keep it that way.

"Just because crime is going down doesn't mean crime will never go back up," Seabrook said.

The city received a $1 million grant to pay for the program for the next three years, but the city will also have to pay almost $500,000 over the course of the three year period.

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