Myrtle Beach police set date for summit on bike festivals
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:25:00 GMT —
A date has been set for a summit with law enforcement officials from along the East Coast to discuss ways to reduce violence in the Myrtle Beach area during motorcycle festivals.
Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall said in early June that he hoped to hold a summit sometime this fall with other law enforcement agencies to get their input on controlling Bikefest and educate those coming to the area that week.
Gall now says the meeting, called the Myrtle Beach Special Event Summit, will be Sept. 21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. He says he wants to hear from about 100 law enforcement officers and local government officials on how they deal with similar gatherings.
According to the website for the event, the event will begin on Sunday, Sept. 21 with an evening reception, followed by a full day of session on Monday and a half-day of sessions on Tuesday, September 23.
The site says there will be more than ten sessions catered to creating a "Best Practice Technique" for dealing with an upsurge in urban gatherings.
This summit comes after three people were killed and several injured in shootings in Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day weekend, the same weekend Atlantic Beach hosted its annual BikeFest. Governor Nikki Haley has called for BikeFest to come to an end.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.