TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.
This year during the unofficial Orange Crush beach bash weekend, Tybee Island Police teamed up with men in blue from everywhere including places such as Jesup, here in Savannah and even out to Port Wentworth to help keep Tybee residents and beach goers safe.
Police were sworn-in and Friday and Saturday ahead of the start of festivities happening each day.
Authorities say they believe the increase in police presence discouraged bad behavior.
“We want people to have fun and have a good time, but we also want people to be safe.”
That’s why Nicholas Ellis says he, along with six other officers, traveled all the way from Jesup to lend a helping hand with safety efforts this weekend.
“We’re not here to make numbers, but we want to be here to be assistance to prevent any arrests,” said Ellis, an officer with the Jesup Police Department.
Ellis is one of the almost 100 officers that have been sworn in this weekend, according to Chief Robert Bryson of the Tybee Island Police Department.
Bryson says the officers were spread throughout the beach area and on all main streets of the main strip.
“It’s a different thing that we do every weekend, there’s always another group that comes in with a different challenge,” Bryson told News 3.
A challenge Chief Bryson says beach goers are glad they’re taking on…
“And as long as I have been doing it, people aren’t crappy to the cops, they’re not bad to the cops, they’re not mean to the cops. There’s no “we’re battling the orange crush goers” all day–far from it. You get more of kids says, “we know it’s crazy, thanks for being here.”
..And one a newly appointed Chatham County Sheriff is glad to be a part of.
“We’re a part of this community. This is part of our community. Even though it’s not in Savannah, the community is Chatham County, it’s not just one thing, Savannah, Port Wentworth, it’s one big community,” said Sheriff John Wilcher of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.