MBPD to add 10 new police officers - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

MBPD to add 10 new police officers

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Violent crimes, including five recent murders in Myrtle Beach has many people demanding more from police. And now, city leaders are responding. The Myrtle Beach Police Department will add 10 more officers to patrol our streets.

The Myrtle Beach City Council included the addition of the police officers in the budget for next year.

It's not just people living in Myrtle Beach who want more police officers, Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes says the need is desperate as the city continues to grow.

One of the targeted areas will be along the south end.

The decision to add more officers is not a result of the violence during Memorial Day weekend. The MBPD requested new officers early in the spring when the city started budgeting for next year.

Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes says Myrtle Beach needs more manpower. Knipes says their plan for the new officers includes more coverage to the residential areas in and around The Market Common and the waterfront area.

City leaders say there's a need to beef up police presence in busy areas like Ocean Boulevard, downtown areas and along the Boardwalk.

People who live and work in Myrtle Beach agree: the more officers out patrolling for crime, the better.

"We had a shooting on ... 9th Avenue North a few days back," says Melinda Brooks, who lives and works downtown.

"I live on 15th South ... and I think that's too close to home. And we have children that live in the area that like to play outside and everything. And when you hear things like that happening, you wonder 'what are they going to do about it', and adding these few officers on here, that helps a lot. Especially to that area down there," said Brooks.

Knipes says the department will start accepting applications soon, but the hiring process could take two-to-three months.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All  rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:37 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:37:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
  • Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Mid-South

    Family: 2 victims killed in Branson duck boat accident from Mid-South

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:05 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:05:14 GMT

    At least two of the 17 victims killed after a duck boat capsized and sank in Branson, Missouri, from the Mid-South. 

    More >>

    At least two of the 17 victims killed after a duck boat capsized and sank in Branson, Missouri, from the Mid-South. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly