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New leader chosen for Myrtle Beach Police Department

Amy Prock addressing city council on June 20, 2017. (WPDE)

Current interim Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock will be sworn Monday as the new Myrtle Beach Chief of Police, according to Mark Kruea, spokesperson for Myrtle Beach.

Kruea said Prock, who has been with the department for 20 years, rose through the ranks and has performed just about every duty in the department.

"She served as supervisor of the Narcotics Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Regulatory Unit and Special Operations Unit. She also was the leader of the Critical Incident Response Team. In 2014, Prock was promoted to captain of the Strategic Planning Division, where she was the architect of the city’s response to safety concerns during the Memorial Day weekend," the city said in a release.

Prock will be the first woman in the position.

“She has a strong commitment to the department,” Kruea said.

Prock’s first public appearance as the interim police chief was after multiple shootings in Myrtle Beach over Father’s Day weekend when she spoke to the Myrtle Beach City Council.

“Chief Prock is a dynamic leader who wears her love for this community and the men and women of the Myrtle Beach Police Department on her sleeve,” said Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen. “I am totally confident that under her leadership this police department will continue to flourish and will set the standard for law enforcement excellence in this state.”

Former Police Chief Warran Gall, who retired in late May, will still be a consultant for the department and the city until the end of November.

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Prock will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Monday at the Ted Collins Law Enforcement Center. The ceremony is open to the public.

In response to the announcement Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

We applaud the City of Myrtle Beach on the selection of Interim Police Chief Amy Prock as the new police chief. The Myrtle Beach Police Department plays a vital role in the Myrtle Beach community. As a 20-year veteran of the department, Chief Prock has proven to be a great leader and is widely respected throughout the business community. She was instrumental in organizing the City’s Memorial Day weekend plans that have significantly enhanced the safety of our residents and visitors. We’re confident that her leadership and vision will continue to have a positive impact on our community. We congratulate Chief Prock on her appointment and look forward to working together in the future.

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