Horry County police seek to reassure public's safety after recent rumors of school threats

Horry County police seek to reassure public's safety after recent rumors of school threats
Source: HCPD Facebook page
Source: HCPD Facebook page

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Police Department wants to reassure the public they intend to stay on alert for everyone's safety in light of recent rumors of a "Black Panther" threat to schools and teachers, according to a news release from the HCPD.

Lt. Raul Denis says a few days ago law enforcement intelligence agents uncovered the rumors and the threat was found to have no merit after the source(s) were quickly investigated.

The HCPD agrees with the findings of the investigation conducted by the intelligence agents.

Lt Denis says officers will be maintaining an elevated focus on any and all schools in their patrol areas.

The HCPD will continue to monitor all law enforcement intelligence sources for any additional or updated information that becomes available.

Lt. Denis says the HCPD's primary goal is everyone's safety and they will continue to work towards it.

Even though the HCPD stands by the investigation in this case, they still want to encourage everyone to exercise caution and alertness every day, the release states.

In these troubled times, noticing and reporting suspicious activity is everyone's job.

If you see or know of a suspicious person or event, please contact your local authorities immediately or the HCPD at (843)-913-5350.

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