CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Three homicides on the peninsula in less than two weeks. That, along with other crimes, has Charleston Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and SLED teaming up.
“I think it’s important right now to have an enhanced presence in our communities to show people that we care and have visibility,” said Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds.
First responders will increase their presence in places like King Street, Meeting Street, East Montague and even extending to Park Circle in North Charleston.
“I think the public understandably is uneasy and much of this is aimed at addressing that and assuring them that we are doing everything we can make to make this a safe area all around,” said Sheriff Al Cannon with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Citizens can expect to see outdoor rolls calls, increased presence of police equipment for community awareness and even pop-up CPD events.
“We want to help our communities feel safe so that their kids can go out and play and so people can do business here,” said Chief Reynolds.
Merchants seem to welcome the change.
Leyla’s Fine Lebanese Cuisine general manager Dolly Awkar says she’s asked for more patrols on King Street.
Co’s assistant manager Dave Lomba thinks the heightened police presence is a good thing.
“I do kind of look for the next patrol when I’m walking to my car just make sure I am safe,” said Lomba.
He says at night, he walks his female employees to their cars to make sure they’re safe.
“Having a set plan for the patrolling of King Street and the downtown area will make both employees and consumers a lot safer at this time,” said Lomba.