The city of Charleston was one of five cities to recently earn an Outstanding Achievement City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors at its annual meeting in San Francisco.
The award was given to a program of the city of Charleston and the Charleston Police Department that is aimed at developing an environment of public safety for the Charleston community. The focus of the program is to foster positive relationships between the community's citizens and public safety officers as well as making available opportunities for children, families and ex-offenders such as Camp Hope, Friday Night Lights and Turning Leaf.
"These programs provide a great way for our community to get to know and appreciate our police department and the fine work that they do," Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley said.
These initiatives focus on personal and social responsibility, health and wellness and behavioral expectations.
“Engaging with the youth and families in our community is very important to the Charleston Police Department," Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said.
Mayor Riley also announced a contribution of $50,000 to help sustain efforts involving Camp Hope, Friday Night Lights and the Turning Leaf Project. Jerry Scheer, a local businessman with the T-Bonz Foundation, donated the funds.
The award winners were determined by a panel of judges, with final selection by the Conference of Mayors.