PENDLETON, SC (WSPA) – The town of Pendleton is getting police back on its streets after over a decade without a department.
The new officers held a meet and greet to introduce themselves to the community before the big day. Monday the new Pendleton Police department officially began their work.
“We are excited to be out patrolling, helping our citizens and figuring out what we can do,” said Pendleton Police Chief Doyle Burdette. “It is a celebration, because none of us enjoy sitting behind a desk. All of us got this job to serve people.”
The three officer department bring years of experiences as veterans of law enforcement to the town. This is the first police department that Pendleton has had since 2004, when the town decided to get rid of their last department.
“They know who is supposed to be here and who is not and if they see someone who shouldn’t be here and watch those things closely,” said Mayor Frank Crenshaw. “I think we will be able to cut down on the amount of crime we have here in a hurry.”
Sunday night they told the community their plans to make the streets safer. They say they plan to target speeders and drug crimes within the town limits. They also showed off the new patrol cars they have to do it.
“We wanted them to see what they have done and what we have been doing the last 10 months I’ve been here, see what they’ve supported and see the police department and meet the officers,” Chief Burdette explained.
“We want them to know who their police officers are and we want our officers to know who they are,” Mayor Crenshaw continued.
The police chief says they’re not sure what to expect as they begin their patrols, but they’re ready to get to work.
“Every day is different. You can go to 14 different domestic violence or 14 different assaults and each one of those is different among themselves,” the Chief added. “There’s no such thing as a routine call or a routine stop. So we don’t know, but we are excited to see.”