Gilliard promotes unity with police

Gilliard promotes unity with police
August 29 12:37 2016 Print This Article

State Representative Wendell Gilliard started Charleston Police Unity Day 17 years ago after being elected to Charleston City Council. He has made it an annual event to promote good relationships between the Charleston Police Department and the communities they serve.

“We need to honor our police, who keep us safe 24/7,” Gilliard told the crowd assembled at Hampton Park. “We all need each other.”

Gilliard cited Charleston as having one of the finest police departments in the state.

Gilliard, who was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2008, has been heavily involved in charitable activities in the Charleston area. He founded Project Cool Breeze, which distributed fans and air conditioners to more than 400 impoverished families this year. He also promotes healthy race relations and has planned several race relations forums with Representative Chip Limehouse and area pastors.

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