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Charleston police look to social media, outreach to improve community relationships

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In a new Facebook push, Charleston police officers are offering a look behind the badge and into the personal stories of officers within the department.

The page, called Humans of CPD, is inspired by the popular photo blog and bestselling book, "Humans of New York."  It features officer photos, with a quick biography or personal story.

"I'm the same as you, I just wear a uniform," said Charleston police Sergeant Damien Seabrook.

Seabrook, who manages a team of 18 officers on a community action team, also spearheaded a bicycle rodeo for children in the Bridgeview Village community, teaching them how to ride safely and responsibly.

"This is probably the best part of the job, when you know you can help the community," he said.

"At the end of the day, we can say look, we did something positive."

After the rodeo, which was a joint effort between Charleston police, Bridgeview Village staff, and the MUSC Public Safety Department, officers also raffled off two bikes, given to children in the downtown community.

"Everybody has their own opinions on law enforcement," said Charleston resident Bridgett Saunders. "They're actually here to help us if we allow them to do that."

"Without a relationship with the community, you can't solve crimes," added department spokesperson Charles Francis.

"We need them."

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