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Guardian Academy

(843) 918-1806

In 2019, the Myrtle Beach Police Department announced the  "Guardian Academy," a new program for parents, guardians and other caregivers to provide assistance and access to education and resources.  The program's ultimate purpose and goal is to promote, reinforce and strengthen relationships within families, benefiting the young people in our Myrtle Beach community.

Who should apply...  Program participants include parents, guardians, grandparents, coaches, teachers, counselors, caregivers, day care workers, social workers and case managers.  The free program helps equip participants with the necessary communication tools and educational materials to tackle a variety of topics, including bullying, cyber-bullying, social media pressures, drug trends, gangs, human trafficking and mental and behavioral health.  In addition, the program offers basic knowledge about warning signs of risky adolescent behavior and/or signs of potential criminal activity.

Eligibility requirements are, as follows...  Participants must be 18 years of age, or older, and have no prior felony arrests.  Background checks will be conducted on all candidates.  To receive the Guardian Academy program certificate, participants must attend all four classes (no make-up sessions available).

Registration is underway!  Classes begin Monday, July 8, 2019, and all class dates, times and topics are listed below.  Sessions take place at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway Street.  The academy is free, and light snacks and water will be provided by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to each class to sign in and be seated.  The deadline to apply for this first session is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. 

To download the application, click here.  Or, stop by the Myrtle Beach Police Department (1101 North Oak Street) or the Myrtle Beach Police Annex (3340 Mustang Street) to pick up a copy.  Applications may be submitted via email to Crime Prevention Officer Stephani James at sjames@cityofmyrtlebeach.comTo mail a completed application, send to...

Myrtle Beach Police Department
ATTN:  PFC Stephani James
1101 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC  29577

Questions?  For more information, contact Myrtle Beach Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Stephani James at 843-918-1806 or


6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019

  • Bullying and Cyber-Bullying
  • Internet Safety
  • Social Media
  • Social Trends
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019

  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Healthy Relationships 
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Teen Brain Development
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019

  • Human Trafficking
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2019

  • Current Drug and Gang Trends