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Lamar police relieving officers, cut coverage hours due to restructuring

(MGN)

A part-time officer with the Town of Lamar has been relieved as a part of restructuring efforts, according to Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson.

Byrd-McPherson also said a full time officer abruptly resigned last week. She said they are continuing to ensure that Lamar has a great group of law enforcement personnel to keep the town safe.

Some people in the town have some serious concerns about the police department, including why questioned why the police department isn't providing 24 hour coverage.

Lamar police has a mutual aid agreement with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office. Lamar town officers clock off around midnight after the last business closes for the evening.

Lt. Robby Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office is the Interim Lamar Police Chief. Kilgo told us two weeks ago that crime hasn't increased in Lamar.

He provided crime data for the years 2017-2018. The data shows violent crime hasn't sparked, as many believe in the community. Petit larcenies is the only crime that's increased, according to the numbers.

He said right now the money isn't in the town's budget to provide around the clock police coverage.

He added the department has improved a lot in recent months. Officers are no longer responsible for buying their own uniforms and they have body armor that's specifically fitted for them.

Some people aren't satisfied with the department's direction and plan to attend council meetings to be heard on the matter.

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