'I love to do things like this:' Danville Police Chief meets with the community

Meet the Chief event. (WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville Police Chief Scott Booth has placed a strong emphasis on improving officer and community relations.

In an effort to increase community engagement, Booth met with citizens for a Meet the Chief event here on the 200 block of Clement Avenue on Saturday.

"Doing these walks, talking to people about his policing policy," Hakim Abdullah, who hosted the event at his home, said. "That does a lot. It goes a long way."

Abdullah wants to help the Danville Police Department build relationships with citizens, and told the police chief his plan.

"I want you to come to my house," Abdullah said. "Sit on my front porch. Bring your officers whatever. And we'll come over. And the folks will come up and talk to you about some of their concerns."

Chief Booth loved the idea and made it happen.

"I love talking to people about issues and hopefully we're successful in solving those issues, but really it's about partnerships and meeting people," Booth said.

Several people stopped by to chat with the chief and even played a few rounds of corn hole with the officers.

Some felt their voices were actually heard.

"It makes me feel as though he does care and is concerned about what is actually going on in the community," Abdullah's wife, Sonia-Congo Abdullah, said.

Hakim Abdullah wants everyone to see Chief Booth and other officers beyond just their badges.

"Those are human beings behind those uniforms and they're here to do a job," Abdullah said. "So whatever we can do to help them do their job, that's what I want to do."

Chief Booth said he hopes there's many more events like this in the future.

"Any citizen comes to me with an idea like this and we can make it work, absolutely I'm open. I love to do things like this," Booth said.

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