Bikefest task force working to secure, accommodate hundreds of officers coming to Grand Strand in May

At least 130 additional state law enforcement officers will come to the Grand Strand to help gain control of Memorial Day weekend, and local leaders are working out the details of training and lodging for them.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is doubling the number of officers it will send to the Grand Strand – from 81 to 192 – and S.C. Highway Patrol will be sending an additional 50 officers, up to 206 from 156.

“Obviously we are going to have more officers [in Myrtle Beach] next year,” police spokesman Capt. David Knipes said.