CONWAY, SC (WMBF) The Conway Police Department is working on having a greater presence within the area. Conway Police Chief Reggie Gosnell says it starts with what the patrol cars they put out on the streets.
The department just got approval from the Conway City Council to get brand new patrol cars to replace older ones. "The police department is glad to see it because we get these older model cars off the road," said Chief Gosnell. "We always like it because it's obviously a morale booster that they get to operate in a nicer 2013 model. And we think that's going to translate to better service for the public."
The first thing you may notice with these new cars is the different color. Officials are trading in the older charcoal gray for a light silver, and they say this is the perfect color to alert you when police are out patrolling the streets.
Once their presence is known, police believe it should cut down on criminal activity. The new shade will even put the Conway police cars in line with Horry County Police, which also have silver cars, so they can come together and beef up their total presence in the area.
People who live in Conway are happy these new cars will force criminals to take notice.
"They don't want to see them," said Terrie Graham Moses, who lives in Conway. "People are avoiding them. But they are here and they're being seen. Their presence are being seen."
The police department has been trying to add new police cars to the squad lot because the patrol cars are overdue for an upgrade. But last year, the city just didn't have the money in the bank to make it happen.
Now, the Conway Police Chief tells WMBF News the goal is to better protect you, and at the best price.
"We've tried to manage our resources the best we can because we know we're under a tight budget year," said Chief Gosnell. "So we wanted to make sure we could get as much return for the dollars we're entrusted with as we possibly could."
The city will spend about $120,000.00 to replace five older cars with brand new ones. If all goes as planned, then you will see the new cars out on the streets of Conway by January. Chief Gosnell says the main priority is to quickly bring in the cars for officers to use, and then see if there's money for any other upgrades to help the department better serve the area.