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Lydia Mill Community Clean Up Unites Neighbors, Police

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

A cleanup in one Upstate county is cutting down on crime and creating community in its place.

Neighbors in the Lydia Mill Community picked up trash, raked leaves and cleaned up their streets and backyards Saturday.

Sheriff Ricky Chastain said the process started months ago when deputies and Clinton Police went door to door listening to neighbors concerns.  He said some complaints ranged from abandoned buildings to broken street lights. 

The Sheriff said listening to residents creates a better relationship and helps them know how to make the neighborhood safer. 

Officers said other communities they've cleaned up crime and calls for service go down and neighbors find that working with a badge brings results. 

 Chief Robin Morse said it brings law enforcement and residents closer.

"Sometimes when we get the calls and that's the only time they see us so they see us in a different light," said Morse. 

Officials said they want to have more community clean up days, as well as regular community meetings in these areas in the future.

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