NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - It was a great night for a cookout in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood Wednesday. North Charleston cops did the cooking, and the neighborhood kids were glad to see them.
The neighborhood gathering was called 'Community Roll Call.'
There were prizes raffled off for the kids and a chance for them to meet the neighborhood officers.
One of the reasons for tonight's event is to allow the kids here in Chicora Cherokee to have some fun, but there also are some serious overtones.
Police say the gathering is important because there's a perception by some people that officers are more interested in putting people in jail than helping them.
"They are always protecting us. they always keep us safe in school and outside," said Antazia Fyall, who lives in the neighborhood.
The cops want to let the community know they are here to serve and protect them.