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What police want you to know about Memorial Day Weekend

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Memorial Day Weekend is officially here and the overall goal for law enforcement is to keep everyone safe. Police across the Grand Strand are rolling out officers, tools and technology.

North Myrtle Beach has their Mobile Command Unit parked in a lot on Kings Highway, in the heart of the traffic chute for Bikefest, and it will be fully staffed, all weekend long.

It looks like an RV from the outside, but on the inside its a full, operations center.

It's been used in the past for incidents, like a major accident, but it's most commonly seen at special events like the Diva's Half Marathon, St Pattys, and especially Memorial Day Weekend.

It's a fully functional dispatch center which means it has all the capabilities as the main center. They can receive calls through this unit and can also dispatch crews from here.

This weekend it will be manned 24 hours a day. It's also a meeting area for officers, including the agencies from out of town.

Since traffic is always an issue during Bikefest, its location is key in keeping drivers and bikers safe, throughout the weekend.

“It gives us a footprint near the festival, it allows festival goers, especially folks that get in the chute going into Atlantic Beach, if they have some difficulty, we're right here to help, we're right here to assist them,” said North Myrtle Beach Police Chief Phil Webster.

North Myrtle Beach alone will have more than 100 public safety and police officers working this weekend. Officers from in and out of state, will be spread across the Grand Strand.

“We want people to see us, and say you know there's a heavy presence of law enforcement, maybe have that calming effect,” said Chief Webster. “If they want to do something unlawful, we've had some folks wanting to steal motorcycles, hopefully if they see us around, they'll move on.”

Each and every officer will be wearing brand new bright colored vests. This is so all the agencies coming into town can identify each other easily, and you can too. This will be the first event officers will be wearing them.

Chief Webster said if you see something, report it to police and stresses, their presence isn't to keep anyone from having a good time, but to keep every single person safe.

“We want to be very friendly very approachable,” said Chief Webster. “We want people to know if they call us, they're gonna get help whoever it is.”

On top of billboards, electronic signs and a mobile app, police are putting the information right into your hands.

If you want to stay in the know, here in North Myrtle Police say to download Nixle. Push alerts will be sent straight to your phone to help you stay on top of any situation.

North Myrtle Beach ordered 20,000 brochures to continue spreading information. They've been distributed to rental agencies, condos, and to individual groups as they arrive. Simply, to let people know when they get here, what the rules are and what they can do to stay safe. It provides information about preventing motorcycle theft, which has been a big issue in the past. In the brochures there is also information on traffic and noise ordinances.

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