LORIS, SC (WMBF) - Horry County police are looking to make themselves more available to the public, starting with a community town hall meeting held in Loris on Tuesday night.
The turnout at the meeting wasn't as big as many hoped, but those who did show up let their voices be heard, asking officers how they plan to reduce violence, gang activity and drug abuse in their community.
By the numbers, police gave stats on how many officers they have patrolling the streets in the Loris area, and the types of calls they frequently respond to.
Capt. Anthony McCullough, a Loris native, said he wants to create more after-school programs and events for kids to keep them safe and off the streets.
"We want the kids to know that we're approachable, that they can actually come and talk to us," McCullough said. "We want to be more active with them. We want to be more involved within their communities."
Officers also talked about the rise in recent gang activity, and how they plan to increase police presence in the area.
"We want to be able to let them know what resources that we can provide for them and some of the strategies that we have thought of to try and make this year better than before," McCullough said. "Hopefully we're going to gain some insights from them as to what their needs are and who better to tell us what they need than them."