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Talking not ticketing: the focus of enforcement in NMB

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – You may have an unexpected visit from police officers in North Myrtle Beach leading into this weekend. However, they're not there to ticket you. Instead, they simply want to talk to you.


It starts with proactive patrolling, and creates a connection between the public and the police officers.


“You're talking about your population increasing from 12-15,000 to over 100,000,” Sgt. Tommy Dennis with the North Myrtle Beach Police started to explain.


WMBF News Reporter Stephanie Robusto had the chance to ride along in Dennis' cruiser as he worked his patrol route. The majority of the time was spent stopping at different rentals to jump out and speak to bikers.


“Let them know you're there, and there to help them,” Dennis told her. He explained he wants to give them tips on how to prevent thieves taking their belongings after recent thefts in the area.


At first, bikers were hesitant when they saw Dennis pull up, but quickly warmed up to his welcome, sharing stories and asking questions about traffic and expectations.


At the end of each chat, Dennis wished the bikers a fun and safe time. Each group went out of their way to tell him how much they appreciated his time and service.


In addition to Dennis' regular patrol duties, there is also a welcoming team. That team goes out every evening to speak to bikers, giving them the rundown on local regulations and answering questions. 

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