SC officers get diversity training in advance of Bikefest

In this June 2014 file photo, discounted shirts for the 2014 Atlantic Beach Bikefest are sold outside a beach shop in Atlantic Beach, S.C.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The U.S. Justice Department is helping law enforcement officers along the Grand Strand prepare for policing during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Local media outlets report that several hundred officers from the Myrtle Beach area attended two days of diversity training this week.

The training is part of a comprehensive safety plan to maintain order. During the holiday weekend tens of thousands of people come to the beach for the first weekend of the summer season along the Grand Strand and for Bikefest in the predominantly black community of Atlantic Beach.

Last year, three people were killed and seven wounded during violence over Memorial Day weekend.

Local officials have been running a $50,000 social media campaign urging visitors to respect the community and obey the law this year.