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New coalition aims to strengthen communication between residents, police

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is the chairperson of Alert Community Coalition. Solicitor Jimmy Richardson is the chairperson of Alert Community Coalition.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The nation has been shaken by distrust and disarray between citizens and police. Local agencies don't want to see that trend carry here.

A new organization - Alert Community Coalition - is taking action to assure we keep violence off the streets.

It is made up of about 15 Horry and Georgetown County leaders, from law enforcement to elected officials, and community activists. The ultimate goal is to encourage support for local law enforcement. The group wants to strengthen communication and mutual respect between citizens and police.

Many officers interact on the streets with us every single day and often its in a stressful situation. The Coalition found a way to bring us together in a more casual setting, at the "Grand Strand Community and Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner."

Group chairperson Solicitor Jimmy Richardson and co-chairs Retired Judge Dennis Salerno and Community Activist Bennie Swans have been pushing plans for this dinner in the past month.

The aim is to bring together a multicultural group of law enforcement and community members to reinforce public morale, fairness and respect. Keynote speaker US Marshal Kelvin Washington will share his insight. Grand Strand law enforcement agencies will also be recognized for their hard work. In return, everyone is welcome to come, go around and get to know one another.

"This is an opportunity to get to know some of them on a very personal level,” said Richardson. "This is our way of basically getting to know each other.”

Local law enforcement feel this dinner is one way to be proactive in building trust in the community.

“I don't think we can cure all of the problems and alleviate all of the mistrust on the national level but certainly I think we can make a big dent in it locally,” said Richardson.

If you want to attend the dinner it will cost $25 which will also help cover officers dinner as a token of appreciation. They set aside June 12th to be a night we gather at Pine Lakes Country Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There are also opportunities to help sponsor the event. For more information contact Ceiola Davis at ceiola@yahoo.com or call 843-903-4939.

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