Renewing a Sense of Safety in Charleston


CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police and city leaders are hoping to renew a sense of safety for Charleston families after a week of shootings.

For Dawn Skelton, a trip from the U.K. to Charleston didn't come with the best timing.

"I've been enjoying your lovely weather and enjoying the fun and games of being in a new county, so I've very much enjoyed it, but it's a little scary turning on the television and they're busy shooting everyone," Skelton said.

Skelton is talking about more than three shootings in Kanawha County just over the past week.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones wants people in the community to know, they won't tolerate these shootings. He says, "a very small number of people and sometimes just one person can start a crime wave and that's what happened here."

It's not only putting visitors to the area on edge, but families, too. They are the ones walking the streets of Charleston every day.

"We want Charleston to be a great place to raise a family and start a business and the recent gun crime has made it very difficult to do that," Ted Boettner, who lives in Charleston, said.

Sunday, Charleston Police officers walked the streets with families, talking to them, answering questions and offering a renewed sense of safety.

Jonathan Deem is a father who lives in Charleston. He says seeing the officers interact with the community helps ease his fears despite the recent crime.

"They do a fantastic job and I'm really happy they are out here on the streets patrolling and keeping us out of trouble," Deem said.

Neighbors, especially on Charleston's West side are coming together help put a stop to crime in their community. A town hall meeting is set for Thursday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.


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