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Plan cracks down to remove sneakers from power lines

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Dept.'s Central Precinct is working with Georgia Power to get rid of sneakers hanging from power lines.

Residents had complained at neighborhood association meetings that shoes hanging from power lines were creating negative images for their neighborhoods, according to SCMPD.

Over two days, an estimated 200 shoes were removed from power lines in the Tatumville area and in midtown on LeGrande Street.

Capt. DeVonn Adams, Central Precinct commander, mentioned the project during Thursday's pre-City Council meeting.

"It was a quality of life issue that was bothering members of the public and it was important that it be addressed," Adams said in a statement. "It may not be a traditional police role, but Chief (Willie) Lovett has encouraged us to build relationships with the public in every way we can and we needed to respond."

Shoes hanging from power lines have historically signaled drug sales in the area, according to police.

Adams said the hanging sneaker removal plan will continue as long as he can build partnerships with the utility companies who have the equipment and training to get them down.

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