The Myrtle Beach Police Department is housed in the Ted. C. Collins Law Enforcement Center on Oak Street. The department has more than 240 officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services.
The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include Crime Prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch; Animal Control, Beach Patrol, 911 Emergency Communications, and the City Switchboard. All officers are mandated to attend a specific amount of hours Training in many different aspect of law enforcement. The Police Department also operates a 48-hour adult and Juvenile Detention Facility at the Law Enforcement Center.