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Police happy with CCMF safety, traffic plans

Police, fire, and even volunteers all worked to have the festival go smoothly, and they believe it did. Source: Conor McCue Police, fire, and even volunteers all worked to have the festival go smoothly, and they believe it did. Source: Conor McCue

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Carolina Country Music Fest wrapped up Sunday night, but the folks whose job it was to keep it safe were there for a little bit longer. Police, fire, and even volunteers all worked to have the festival go smoothly, and they believe it did.

With thousands of country music fans all in one condensed area, Myrtle Beach Police had a new challenge this weekend. The department spent the three days focused on the two things it decided were most important.

"The two major components for this operational plan was the safety aspect, and then also the traffic plan,” explained Lt. Joey Crosby.

Those two components were decided on months ago when the festival announced it was coming to the area.

This weekend's traffic plan kept heavy traffic away from busy areas like 501, with the idea of keeping everything moving.

Outside the event, officers kept an eye on everyone, but inside it was the other way around as well. Cue the new neon uniforms.

"At an event like this, when you need to identify a police officer, we are very easily seen,” Crosby said.

In a different shade of neon, you could find the Police Department's extra helpers. Dozens of community ambassadors volunteered their weekends to make sure there was always someone to help.

"What we did is we jumped in,” said Monika Newman, one of the many ambassadors. “If they needed an extra hand we just jumped in, and helped them out."

On the other side of the fences, the nearby businesses agree.

“More people are more comfortable walking around. Not a big commotion going around,” said Benjamin Solomon, who works across the street.

While all sides feel things went smoothly, they still believe there is more room to improve next year.

Myrtle Beach Police says it will go over its successes and failures from this weekend, and make changes for future events.

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