Authorities increasing presence of state agents, deputies in Charleston in effort to reduce crime
Authorities have announced that they are increasing the presence of deputies and state agents in the Charleston area in an effort to reduce crime on the peninsula. Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds and Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said their agencies along with SLED are teaming up in the effort to not only reduce crime but to reduce fear of crime throughout the community. Last week, Charleston police arrested 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys accused of killing a man, Tom DiLorenzo, who was walking with his wife in the downtown area. The increase of law enforcement units will start this Thursday, according to officials with Charleston police. “As part of this effort, CPD has assigned a second commander to the night shift, activated the SWAT team for proactive interdiction patrol and combined several special units within the department to form supplemental patrol squads that will assist the patrol division throughout the community,” Charleston police officials said in a statement. “This includes officers assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Unit, Traffic Unit, Narcotics and Vice.”
According to police, citizens should expect to see outdoor roll calls being held throughout the city, an increased presence of police equipment deployed for community awareness, pop-up CPD events and traffic checkpoints.