Neighborhood Crime Topic of Charleston Community Meeting

By: Steffany Hiett, Bill Murray Email
By: Steffany Hiett, Bill Murray Email

UPDATE 10/10/13 @ 8:35 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston police want to talk about neighborhood crime, but they need the public's help.

"The Neighborhood of Opportunity" steering committee is inviting neighbors, business owners, and employees of Charleston's west side to a community open house on Thursday evening. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

"If we can get the citizens to take ownership in their neighborhood and have more pride in their neighborhood, we can definitely clean up the crime in the area," Sgt. George Henderson said.

During the open house, community members will have an opportunity to take an anonymous survey regarding various aspects of crime and safety on the west side.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Lea Roland and her family looked at 35 homes in several West Virginia cities and chose one on Charleston's West Side to relocate.

"I have to admit, when I first moved here, I was a bit nervous," Roland said. "Since then, this has become a great neighborhood. I'm happy we did it."

That's news the Charleston Police Department likes to hear, but the department realizes the West Side is not without its problems. It's now asking West Side residents to complete a 20-question survey to help reduce drug and related violent crimes on Charleston's West Side.

"We want honest opinions," Charleston Police Capt. Kim Mitchell said. "They take the evidence , they crunch the numbers. They get all the statistical part and say, 'Yes', it's working or no, it's just displacing.' We don't want to just displace it. We'd rather it end completely."

To see the survey, you can find it here at under the Featured Links.

The police department said the survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, and they'd like results by the end of the October.

Roland said she appreciates the invitation to give input.

"It lets the city know what maybe needs to be fixed, what needs a better looking at, what may need to be brought to their attention they need to know about," she said.

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