Surfside Beach Town Council looks to remodel police station

Surfside Beach Town Council looks to remodel police station

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Surfside Beach Town Council is looking to give its police station a makeover. Council is holding a special meeting with engineers to discuss contracts with architects to remodel the police station.

Lieutenant Ken Hofmann with the Surfside Beach Police Department said the current station has been around for awhile - since 1995 to be exact.  It has not changed since then, but the police force has doubled.

On Saturday, town council will go over what the cost to remodel would involve.  Lieutenant Hofmann said there are a few options on the table: an upgrade to the current station, or a renovation of an old town-owned building for more space.

Hofmann estimated half of the station's 2,000 square feet is for their municipal jail, leaving a department of nearly 40 people with little space to work.  Some of the department's greatest needs, Hofmann said, are for storage and training space. Simply put, the officers charged to serve and protect the community have outgrown the current station as the town has continued to grow.

If there's a need, people around Surfside say they support the changes.

"As far as a police force is concerned, they're charged to protect people in the community," Mike Fisher, who regularly visits Surfside Beach with his family, explained. "And if they don't have the technology to do the job, and the space, and the resources to do their job, then the whole community suffers."

The meeting is at 9 a.m. Saturday in council chambers.

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