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      Timmonsville budgets money to restore police department

      Timmonsville council members allocated $62, 437 to hire three police officers during a council meeting Wednesday.

      The money will fund one full-time and two part-time officers.

      Town administrator Mary Bines says they are currently taking applications to hire the officers and hope to have them in place by the end of the year.

      Town council shutdown its police department last May saying they could no longer afford to operate it.

      Florence County Sheriff's Office provided coverage for the town.

      Bines says the town's mission has always been to restore the police department once additional funding was made available.

      "That was part of the action plan from the beginning to restore police department. Goal was not to not have a police department anymore, it was just to establish it as soon as possible, " said Bines.

      Some of Timmonsville's police cars that were kept at the back of the town hall were vandalized.

      However, Bines says they have four cars at the Florence County Sheriff's Department and those vehicles are in good shape.

      She says they won't have to spend a lot of money on equipment for the department, because their old equipment is still in good working condition.