Charleston session seeks public input on policing, community relations

Community leaders and police officers share ideas about improving ties between Charleston police and residents during a listening session held by the Illumination Project in February at the Greek Orthodox Church on Race Street.

The Charleston Illumination Project will hold a listening session Wednesday evening to gather input and spur discussion on ways to bolster police ties and trust with the community.

The 90-minute session will be at 7 p.m. in Shaw Community Center, 20 Mary St.

The group has held several previous sessions as part of a yearlong effort to strengthen ties and build trust between Charleston police and the residents they serve.

The project’s 24-member steering committee will use the public’s suggestions to form a plan of action that will be unveiled at the end of the initiative, which is being underwritten by the nonprofit Charleston Police Fund. For more information, call 747-3669.

College of Charleston researchers are also surveying Charleston-area residents to gauge their attitudes on public safety and policing. Go to http://go.cofc.edu/IlluminationCitizenSurvey to participate.