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Eleven grannies were just added to the police force in Charleston, West Virginia

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Eleven grannies were just added to the police force in Charleston, West Virginia

WATCH  | They are not going to be out arresting people or pulling cars over. But these women making up the newest unit at the Charleston Police Department are ready to hit the ground running, with an important mission only grandmothers can pull off.

Sometimes I'm not feeling good or I'm feeling low, and somebody will give me a hug, and I'll feel better, and then I'll share my hug with someone else.
Karen Smith, Grandma Unit

These grandmas are going to be busy carrying out their mission of spreading love and hugs -- something these grandmas say you can never have too much of.

The 11 new members of the Charleston Police Department are affectionately called the "G-Unit" or Grandma Unit. 

The members of the Grandma Unit understand how important spreading love is -- at one point during their lives, all 11 women were victims of elder abuse or domestic violence. Now they all live at the YWCA.

"These ladies are super-loving ladies. That just really do like interaction with everyone. They love to party,” said YWCA Program Director Kyla Nichols.

Nichols said she is grateful to the Charleston Police Department for creating the grandma unit. The officers said it's going to do as much for them as it is the grandmas.

Oh my goodness it's a win for everybody. They feel good by doing it, and they wanna do it. That's what helps this awesome partnership.
Corporal Errol Randle, Charleston PD

So if you get pulled over by one of the women in the G-Unit, put down your phone or your bags and get ready for a hug.

"That really is awesome that they would pick us to be a unit,” added Smith.

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