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Atlantic Beach Police Chief speaks on success of drug prevention program

Photographer: Jonathan Dick Photographer: Jonathan Dick
Photographer: Jonathan Dick Photographer: Jonathan Dick

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Chief Timothy Taylor has been the police chief in Atlantic Beach for a little over a year now and ever since, he says one of his main goals has not only been to stop drug use and sales but to also get to know the community in a personal way.

Chief Taylor says the key to a drug bust like Tuesday’s, where a fire arm and marijuana were found, are tips from people living in the town.

Taylor explains the investigation is ongoing and he was working on this particular case for over a week. The suspect was charged with a felony after selling drugs to an undercover informant.

“That goes back to me, going out into the public, gaining their trust, and they believe in what I'm trying to do in Atlantic Beach and that's to make the Atlantic Beach Police Department a great small town department that people can believe in and come to. It makes my job a whole lot easier,” Taylor said.

Taylor says he’s enjoyed his time in Atlantic Beach and spent time getting to know the ins and outs of the community. He says he spoke with the people that live in the small town and its business owners about what they'd like to see there. Taylor learned Atlantic Beach is unique.

“It’s a small town, it's a very friendly town, and everyone in the community is very connected with each other, that's what's unique about it… that it's so small and they all come together as people and stand for what they believe in,” Taylor explained.

Taylor feels the community is starting to believe in him and the community is opening up and tipping police off to things they wouldn't normally know.

“You know I have folks that come talk to me and let me know what's going on in Atlantic Beach and you know by me going out and doing my job, that just makes them feel good like we got a chief here in place that we can go to and tell him things and he's going to do something about it,” Taylor said.

Since Taylor’s arrival in Atlantic Beach, he's formed a drug prevention team that includes drug dogs.

He says he will continue to work on building public trust between the police department, the council, and the residents of Atlantic Beach.  

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