MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Local law enforcement agencies, faith groups and community members came together Saturday for the second annual Faith and Blue walk.

Faith and Blue weekend is the nation’s largest annual collaborative policing initiative. It builds bridges and stronger relationships with law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Throughout the walk, participants stopped in front of vehicles from nine different agencies to say a prayer for those who serve and protect.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said the event brings the faith-based community and law enforcement together.

“[It is] to build and network and to talk about and discuss issues that are going on in our communities through our churches and through law enforcement,” Thompson said. “It just builds relationships, and it’s just, it’s a great day.”

Thompson said he hopes to see the event get bigger in the coming years.

Conway police, Horry County police, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Loris police, Myrtle Beach police, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach police and the Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole were all represented at the event.

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