CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police are trying to improve relations with the community they serve. In one district, that means a lot of leg work.
Officer Robert Frost and Sgt. Joe Hageman say they're taking it back to the olden days and doing the footwork, also known as community policing.
"I know in today's society a lot of people don't like the police officer, but we're just people. We're just trying to make a living," said Frost.
They are walking door to door in the Glenville neighborhood, trying to get to know business owners and residents. They walk more than a mile, checking in to make sure things are alright.
Some in the neighborhood are still skeptical.
"I know he's trying to help out the store and everything, but he's gotta watch himself. That's not his job description," said a man at one business.
The officers know almost everyone because they're in the neighborhood frequently. Most of the residents have come to expect them.
"It's like when I was young, we had police walking the beat every day. We felt safe," said Maurice Bey.
There's not enough manpower to do it every day or everywhere, but Officer Frost says he's committed.
"They talk to me about certain things that maybe they wouldn't talk to another officer about. I just need to know what's going on in the community. If they tell me this car keeps driving up and down the street, I can let my sergeants know, my lieutenants know, and just stop the car and see why he keeps going up and down the street," explained Frost.
If things go well, more "Officer Friendlys" could be coming to a neighborhood near you.
"Yesterday we were walking down here and there must've been about 20 people blowing their horns, stopping. It's like, 'Hey, they liked us,'" said Frost.