Beach patrol gearing up for busy summer

Beach patrol gearing up for busy summer

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison County Sheriff Department's Beach Patrol is responsible for patrolling miles the county's beaches.

With less than a week left in the month of May, the department is gearing-up for another summer season. Seven deputies, both law enforcers and tourism ambassadors, are assigned to the patrol.

"We patrol 26 miles of beach," said Sgt. Glen Powell, "We enforce all the sand beach ordinances."

Summer beach visitors will likely see the deputies at work. Their jurisdiction is south of the seawall from East Biloxi to Henderson Point; enforcing rules and responding to an assortment of calls.

"If someone got stung by a jellyfish, or drunks on the beach, or people giving problems to the vendors, we respond to those," said Powell.

Deputies are also liaisons for Coast tourism, and safety.

"Our main problem right now is the glass bottles and pets on the beach. If we can keep the dogs off the beach and the glass bottles off the beach, we just want everyone to have a fun and safe summer," said Powell.

Among the biggest concerns for the outdoor law enforcers is protection from the harsh summer sun. Sunscreen is a must.

"And we use the Rangers, the side by sides. It's got the cover for us to keep us out of the sun," said Powell. "I enjoy meeting people, new people and just enjoying the 26 miles of beach every day."

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