Chatham County Police Boost Patrols for Orange Crush Weekend

Chatham County Police Boost Patrols for Orange Crush Weekend

Chatham County Police Department has announced plans for heightened patrols and increased officer presence during this weekend’s Orange Crush event. With a significant influx of visitors expected, particularly along US Highway 80 and surrounding neighborhoods, the department aims to address the traditionally high traffic volume and congestion.

Police Chief Jeff Hadley emphasized the department’s goal of ensuring safe travel for all on Highway 80 amidst the anticipated surge in vehicles. To achieve this, the department will deploy additional officers, employing a staffing model akin to hurricane preparedness to maximize coverage throughout the weekend.

Officers will strategically position themselves along Highway 80 to facilitate traffic flow and provide swift response to any accidents or emergencies. Moreover, neighborhoods on Whitemarsh, Wilmington, and Talahi Islands will see increased patrols focused on traffic management and enforcement of state laws and local ordinances.

Importantly, access to residential streets will remain unimpeded, with no plans for road closures. Specialized units, including Marine Patrol, Aviation, K9, and Forensic Drone Operators, will be on standby to address any emergencies that may arise.

These enhanced operations will be in effect from Friday, April 19, 2024, through Sunday, April 21, 2024.