MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Amy Prock, the acting interim chief of the Myrtle Beach Police Department, was sworn in as the next permanent Chief of Police for the MBPD Monday afternoon.
Prock, who previously served as assistant police chief, had served as acting interim police chief since May, when Chief Warren Gall retired after 37 years with the department.
Prock is the first female to hold the position.
She comes into the job during a difficult period for the department as recent violence has plagued the city. But she says she will do whatever she can to prevent the violence. One of the main points Prock wanted to get across was communication. She says improving communication both within the department and with the community will be a primary focus of hers.
"Communication is important," Prock said. "If we don't know about it, we can't do anything about it. We've got to know about it. I don't need a phone call to so and so to so and so to so and so. I need a phone call to my officers who are working. I don't need after the fact, I need to know when it happens. We've got to communicate. Our community needs to work together, and we've got to know about these things, so we can address them."
Prock is the 7th person to serve as Chief of Myrtle Beach Police Department. She's been with the department for 20 years.