CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - It's a community effort - to not only get results but to help clean up!
FOX 46 Charlotte was there as CMPD took action and got results, helping beautify the streets, hoping it helps people living there take pride in their neighborhood.
Jason Ellis is a police officer with CMPD. He also works in the Hidden Valley neighborhood, one riddled with robberies, shootings, and other violent crimes.
But on Wednesday, he was not there for any of those reasons.
"It felt really good to have people drive by and tell us we were doing a good job," he said.
Ellis is rolling up his sleeves, and trying to help bring positivity to a community struck with so much negativity.
"They're going to be a little more proud of the area, see that we care about it," he explained.
Shoveling and raking - these community members and police officers took to the streets - adding mulch and plants to parts of Hidden Valley where people walk and take in their surroundings.
"We were all talking about everyday life, we connected in the community," Ellis said.
Surroundings Charlotte police want the people of Hidden Valley to be proud of - to "take back the streets" and make them positive again.
This isn't the last time CMPD and the community will take action. They plan to come back to Hidden Valley and try to beautify other parts of the neighborhood in hopes of spreading the peace.