Neighbors, Police Work Together to Curb West Side Crime

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Neighbors, police and community groups met for an open house event Thursday with the hopes of making the West Side more positive with less crime.

The Charleston Police Department asked neighbors and those who work on the West Side to provide suggestions to police on new initiatives that appear to be working, trends that neighbors would like to put an end to as well as offer new ideas of how CPD can better enforce the law in that area.

“It's about helping them find an outlet for their frustration and their ideas,” said Laura Gandee, a member of the committee hosting Thursday’s event.

Neighbor Robert Hardy, who’s involved with a nonprofit on Charleston's west side, tells he’ll take all the help he can get to improve the area.

The event can unite “to bring together organizations who are trying to do things here on the west side,” Hardy said.

In September, CPD created a survey to allow neighbors to weigh in on crime and police intervention.

Captain Kim Mitchell says they need more input because the goal is 600 responses and so far, they only have three hundred.

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