- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Horry County has a shortage of law enforcement officers like other places around the country. But a new incentive program seems to be helping fill the ranks.

Local news outlets report that the county started the incentive program in August to attract experienced officers from other areas.

Under the program, current officers earn $1,000 if they recruit an officer from other parts of the state. Once hired, the new officer gets a $1,000 signing bonus, and if they live outside the county, receive an additional $1,000 to help them relocate.

County police had 23 vacancies in August with only 11 future officers in training.

On Wednesday, the county will swear in 10 new officers, nine of whom were brought to the county through the incentive program.

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