HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County's 2013 budget brings six new officers to the Horry County Police ranks. The majority of those officers will be dedicated to fighting street crime in some of the County's most populous areas.
"I don't think it's news that Carolina Forest and the central part of Horry County in general is in need of more police coverage," said Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth. Four of those six new officers will be dedicated to patrolling streets in Carolina Forest.
"The precinct captain in that South Precinct will be able to move officers around and pick up the slack," Foxworth said.
Horry County Council only allocates the money for those officers, it's up to Horry County Police to determine where those officers will go. The other two officers will focus on gang activity in the county.
"Just having [the police] in the area would get people to think twice before they do stuff," said Adam Pawley, who lives in Southern Horry County. He says several break-ins have happened around his neighborhood, and extra officers are welcome.
"It's not a panacea," said Foxworth. "It won't solve all the problems, but it will help."