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Creating A Safer Upstate will host online back to school workshop series on public safety issues

Creating A Safer Upstate, an initiative of Ten at the Top has announced a four session virtual workshop series called “Beyond the Shield: Perceptions, Realities & Community Concerns Around ‘Hot Button’ Public Safety Issues,” that addresses public safety issues currently concerning the Upstate population. Led by law enforcement officers and community leaders, this series will discuss elements of policing, technology, hiring, and safety.

The first session will be held on Wednesday, August 25th at 10:00 am. This session will focus on community concerns relating to the use of force and pursuit policies. The second part of this series will be held in September and will discuss technology within the law enforcement field and how they utilize these tools. In October, the session will focus on the processes of hiring, recruiting, and training the community law enforcement. Rounding out the series in November, a session will be held on neighborhood safety concerns. To register for these events, please visit this link.

“We host these events in hopes to bring community-wide safety concerns to a halt,” said Becky Callaham, Executive Director of Creating A Safer Upstate. “By easing community tensions, we hope to improve relations between police and community residents as the back-to-school season approaches.”

Each session will last one hour and include law enforcement officers and community leaders discussing elements of policing and how to build a collaborative understanding and dialogue around the issues, concerns, and opportunities to create a Safer Upstate. As students across the Upstate return back to school in August, it is now more important than ever to address the community’s concerns and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and residents.

More information about the Safer Upstate initiative can be found at

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Safer Upstate Steering Committee is invited to reach out to Justine Allen, TATT Program Manager, at or 864.283.0346.


Comprised of public, private and civic leaders across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and consensus through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to encourage quality growth and enhance the economic vitality, natural and cultural resources and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow.


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