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      HCPD has a new mission statement thanks to college student

      There's a new mission statement for the Horry County Police Department, and it's all thanks to an Horry-Georgetown Tech student.

      Police Chief Saundra Rhodes is an adjunct professor at the college. As she transitions the police department towards community oriented policing, she gave her students the opportunity to get involved with the department.

      "So I tasked them or challenged them with coming up with a mission statement for the Horry County Police Department" Rhodes said.

      Tammy Blouse won the competition with this statement:

      "It's the mission of the Horry County Police Department to enhance the quality of life in our community by actively seeking solutions to community problems and to provide services that are valued by its citizens. We are committed to providing a safe, peaceful environment for citizens, those in need, and protecting the lives, property and rights of the citizens we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime while working with diverse communities to improve their quality of life. We will strive to mandate this with honor and integrity, while conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence."

      Rhodes says because Blouse won the competition, she won't have to take a final exam.

      Rhodes started working for the department in 1993 as a detective and has worked her way up the chain of command.