MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Moncks Corner police are trying to improve their relationship with residents at one of the high crime apartment complexes in town.
On Tuesday, the department held the first of several community outreach programs.
Officers visited tenants at the St. Francis Villa apartment complex.
"I think it's important that we start reaching out in different areas of our community that we don't have enough dialogue with," Moncks Corner Police Chief Ric Ollic said.
Ollic says the St. Francis Villa apartment complex came to mind.
The chief says his officers have been called there many times for crimes.
On Tuesday, they came back to say hello to residents and try to earn their trust.
"I think it's strongly important that we build partnerships before something happens so we can understand the needs of each other," Ollic said.
Sandra Scott has lived at the apartment complex for three years.
Scott says she will welcome the officers with open arms.
"I feel good about them. I mean they're supposed to help the community and we grow from there, not trying to be against one another, but be together as one."
Other residents are looking forward to asking the officers questions.
"It's really would motivate me by them letting me talk and understand us," 16 year old Shanerio McHoney said.
Ollic believes people living in Moncks Corner generally have a good opinion of the department but he says there's always room for improvement.
"How can we better serve your community and what can we do to build a partnership so we can make your community a better place to live and a safer place to live?"