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Charleston, WV residents taking back the West Side

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So many West Side neighbors want to take back their community, end the drug market, and improve their quality of life. So many West Side neighbors want to take back their community, end the drug market, and improve their quality of life.
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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

Many West Side neighbors want to take back their community, end the drug market, and improve their quality of life.  That's the goal of a group of people, trying to make a difference.  Laura Gandee, with the Neighborhoods of Opportunity Steering Committee, said, "No matter how they give their feedback here, it's going to be put into a plan that the city of Charleston and the police department are going to act on."

The event was sponsored by the Charleston Police Department and took place at a church in the community.  This meeting was a bit unconventional in the sense that organizers want people to participate in it.  One example is a survey organizers want residents to complete.  Anyone can sit down and anonymously submit what they'd like to see change there.

The goal is to complete 600 surveys.  The information collected goes back to the police department so they know what the neighborhoods need.  They said they know what's most important.  "Input from residents, said Capt. Kim Mitchell of the Charleston Police Department.   "Input from employees, input from anyone who is passing by if something doesn't look right.  Let us know."

Neighbors at the meeting said they believe things are improving.  "But there's also a crisis with the crime and things not going the way they want them to go," said Gandee.  So the goal is to bring people together to make this part of town a better place to live. 

Capt. Mitchell said that if you need to report crime in your neighborhood, you can always remain anonymous.  You can call the non-emergency dispatch number, at 304-348-8111.