The Patrol Division is a unique division as it holds most of the personnel within the police department. Because of this, it is often referred to as the “backbone” of the department. The Patrol Division is made up of five separate units to include Uniform Patrol, the Waterfront Unit, the Traffic Unit, the Beach Patrol Unit and the Family Services Unit. Each unit has lieutenant as well as direct first line supervisors who monitor each shift. The officers within this Division are responsible for the general service to our community and visitors as they are the first responders to calls for service as well as initiating calls throughout the work day. These are the officers that are seen regularly throughout the Myrtle Beach community interacting with the public on a daily basis.
The Family Services Unit consists of officers assigned to work cases involving juveniles as well as domestic violence related cases. These investigations can include ongoing issues that range from abuse to runway cases to truancy cases. The Unit also handles missing person cases. The Family Services Unit also works on domestic related cases that are a result of a call for service from an officer on patrol or information provided by citizens. The Family Services Unit Officers follow up with the family to develop a relationship in order to address concerns and work through ongoing issues. The Officers work regularly throughout the community as well as supporting Uniform Patrol shifts.