CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's the first Saturday night of a new initiative; three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers hitting the streets on foot or bike from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m.

"I think it's definitely a great idea and I think it relieves the tension that the neighborhood has," says Jihanna Mughnee, who lives in Plaza Midwood.

On Wednesday, CMPD launched the initiative that's set to last for three months.

The Plaza Midwood and Noda neighborhoods are where the trio of police will patrol.

Statistics show that in 2017, 40 crimes have been committed in Plaza Midwood while 41 crimes have taken place in Noda. They are staggering statistics but Mughnee and other Plaza Midwood residents are hoping that the flash of a badge will deter criminals.

"If they see a cop walking across the street, hopefully, that'll stop them from doing the wrong thing," says Mughnee.