Charleston Police reach out to community through safety checkpoint

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Seatbelts and safety were the name of the game Wednesday evening in the city of Charleston.

Members of the Charleston Police Department were set-up along Woodward Drive in Charleston. Their goal: to ensure that drivers are safe, as well as create a police presence in the neighborhood to deter criminal activity.

Officers say these types of outreach programs are vital to keeping lines of communication open with residents.

CPD Sgt. Chris Burford says that they came to this neighborhood because community members reached out to them with their concerns.

"We do hear your concerns, this is just one example. We would like you to continue to bring those concerns to our attention so we can come out and make a difference in your neighborhood," Burford said.

The checkpoint was paid for with a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Program.

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