More than 60 people filled Kingsley United Methodist Church for a town hall meeting in Edwards.
EDWARDS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Hinds County Sheriff's Department brought county officials and residents together Tuesday night.
A town hall meeting in Edwards gave the small town a chance to point out problems to law enforcement. More than 60 people filled Kingsley United Methodist Church for a town hall meeting in Edwards.
"We play a vital role in helping a community survive," Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis told the crowd.
Also in attendance were the Sheriff's Department Command Staff, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith, the Edwards mayor and aldermen. They were joined together to listen to residents.
"I just wanted to come down to hear the sheriff talk and try to make things better here and just worried about the community," said Hinds county resident Horace Tillman.
"I wanted to listen. That might trigger something that I didn't think about before like preparing yourself to avoid crime," said Allean Mortensen who lives in the county.
"This is our first town hall meeting held here. I'm a member of the church, and we just want to see positive things happen. More so we want to thank the sheriff for the job he's already done," said Edwards resident Oscar Laws.
The sheriff said drugs are a growing problem in rural Hinds county and this town of more than 1,000 residents.
The department released Narcotics Units statistics that showed nine marijuana and one crack cocaine busts from April to June of last year. On June 25, the sheriff's department arrested David Wilson aka "Meathead" on marijuana charges.
Law officers said they took down a major player in drug distribution in Edwards.
"This is the first time we're gonna have this kind of venue in this area where we have all the elected officials that represent a particular area. So they can not only ask us questions but they can ask them question as well, and give us an opportunity to work on these solutions together," added Sheriff Lewis.
Edwards' mayor said Neighborhood Watch is the key to stopping crime.
"They're in the community. They're gonna see. You can have 10 patrolmen and go to 20 it can not beat neighborhood watch. You're in that community. You see what's going on," said Mayor R. L. Perkins.
Law enforcement will hold another town hall meeting Thursday night in Bolton at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive M.B. Church on Northside Drive.
For more information call the Hinds County Sheriff's Department at 601-974-2900.
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