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WPD Summer Community Outreach

The Walterboro Police Department, under the supervision of Chief Wade Marvin, completed their summer community outreach this week with a sweet refreshing treat- snow cones. “This is our third summer handing out snow cones to the community and it appears to grow each year,” Chief Marvin said. For three days, officers from the Walterboro Police Department went to four locations each day, including apartment complexes and parks within the City of Walterboro. “When we started this program three years ago, it was my first year in office and we wanted to find something that would allow us to reach out to our community and have something that the kids would enjoy,” Chief Marvin said. With twelve total stops and countless snow cones served, the outreach was a success. “This event is as fun for our officers as it is for the kids,” Chief Marvin said, “and we would like to thank the community for supporting us year after year.” Since Marvin has become Chief, the police department has increased their community outreach to include programs that not only reach out to children but also adults.

“We try to host different programs throughout the year that reaches every age group,” Chief Marvin said. The snow cone outreach is the WPD summer outreach, which is mainly geared towards children; however, anyone who attends doesn’t leave empty handed. Last year during the fall and winter, Walterboro Police Department hosted “Cookies with a Cop” at several daycares and Forest Hills Elementary, where children were given cookies and spent time interacting with officers. They also hosted “Coffee with a Cop” at several restaurants, with a similar concept of having coffee and conversations with community members who wished to ask officers questions that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to. “We strive each year to reach our citizens, in an interactive and inviting way, that allows them to understand that we are here to help them,” Chief Marvin said, “we have a great group of officers that truly enjoy working with the community, so we encourage anyone who may have questions to never hesitate to reach out to our office or our officers.”

Heather Walters (1494 Posts)