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UPDATE: Crime fighting 'Grandma Unit' makes public debut

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Published: Dec. 20, 2016 at 11:36 PM EST
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UPDATE 2/10/17 @ 4:10 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A group of grandmas recruited to help fight crime in the capital city made their public debut on Friday.

Members of the Grandma Unit (the G-Unit) gathered at the Charleston Town Center, kicking off Valentine's weekend activities by passing out hugs and chocolate Kisses.

The women all live at YWCA Charleston's Shanklin Center for Senior Enrichment. This past December, Charleston Police decided they could be used to lift up the community.

After the hugs event, mall management honored the grandmas and Charleston Police with a catered luncheon.


ORIGINAL STORY 12/20/16

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fighting crime with love and hugs: that's the game plan for the newest unit of the Charleston Police Department.

Tuesday, CPD swore in 11 ladies to their newly founded "Grandma Unit."

These women live at the YWCA's Shanklin Center for Senior Enrichment. Each one has a history of surviving elder abuse or domestic violence.

They will soon visit different areas in the community where they will work to prevent crime and violence with love. Tuesday they brainstormed some of the places they wish to visit.

"Sometimes one little hug turns my day around cause sometimes I'm not feeling good or feeling low and someone will give me a hug and I'll feel better," explained unit member Karen Smith, "then I share my hug with someone else."

The group of grannies received matching shirts that read "G-Unit."