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Camden PD: "2013 Carolina Cup Will Be Safest Yet"

6:42 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Camden, SC (WLTX) -- This Saturday will bring horses, fashion, and the largest number of law enforcement officers to The 81st Carolina Cup in Camden.

For fifteen years, Chief Joe Floyd with and Camden Police Department has helped organize security for the Carolina Cup. This year there will more than two hundred officers on hand from law enforcement organizations all over the state.

"We will have more security at this event than in the history of the event," said Chief Floyd. "We feel very confident that this will be the safest event we've ever had out there."

Floyd says the majority of pasts arrests stem from the infamous college park area of the event. This year he says they are moving specially trained alcohol enforcement officers into that area who have experience around that particular age group.

"The focus on college park is to utilize those agencies that on a day in day out basis has to deal with these college kids," said Floyd.

More than seventeen law enforcement agencies will be on hand to run security for the event. The majority of the agencies are compensated through mutual aid agreements with the Camden Police Department.

"This year there has been some money set aside by our city council to compensate those agencies that have a desire to be compensated for their staff being there working," said Floyd.

Camden City Manager Mel Pearson tells News 19: "The members of the Camden City Council voted to approve a cost of up to $25,000 for the Camden Police Department to provide increased security for this premier sporting event."

Last year Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews told News19 his deputies won't work the event if they are not paid according to the county ordinance that requires organizers to pay deputies $25/hr for security.

This year the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department will not be involved with the event. Matthews tells on News19 his organization was not asked to provide security.

As folks gear up for a sun filled saturday in Camden, Chief Floyd is urging those who attend to be careful. With more than two hundred officers in attendance, Floyd believes it will be the safest yet

"That's what security is there for. It's not to see how many arrests we can make it's to provide safety. And if it takes an arrest to make the situation safe then that's what we will happen," said Floyd.

The 81st annual Carolina Cup Horse race will go on this Saturday in Camden.

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