The town of Eastover is welcoming new law enforcement.
Sheriff Leon Lott, along with Mayor Leroy Faber and Eastover Police Chief Keynnera Capers assembled with Richland County Deputies and Eastover citizens to cut the ribbon on a new police station.
"This renovation didn't have anything to do with any federal funding, or any gifts from anybody," Mayor Faber says. "This was done with the community's help, and with funds that town raised within itself." With the new department comes a new chief, Keynnera Capers.
"My Job is the public," says Chief Capers, a fifteen year Marine Corps veteran who considers public service a life calling. "I'm here to protect and serve people. So that's what I'm going to do now. I'm going to use this office and use this position to do a lot for my community."Chief Capers' immediate agenda includes educational outreach to youth.
"That's our future, right there. If we don't protect our assets, that's our community a few years down the line."
The program would include youth on suspension going to educational programs instead of being sent home.
Mayor Faber, now halfway through his term, considers this a continuation of his intent to "bring back a positive Eastover, the way it used to be."
The department will continue the town's cooperative relationship with RCSD.
"Sheriff Lott, to me, is the greatest Sheriff in the country. He's offered me all the resources in his department. Anything I need to get the job done," Capers says.