The Guardian Academy is a free, four-week course designed to help parents and guardians understand potential warning signs of risky behavior in children.
“It gives the parents and the teachers some tools, some resources they could use and it also allows the parents to know what the warning signs are when their children may be going down the wrong road,” Lieutenant Brian Murphy said.
Topics will include things such as: bullying, internet safety, suicide prevention and awareness, teen brain development, current gang and drug trends, and human trafficking.
Officers with the department tell News13, the topics were chosen because of social media, trends they noticed and things they see in schools.
In addition to warning parents about potential criminal behavior, MBPD says the courses ultimate goal is to strengthen family relationships
MBPD encourages parents, teachers, coaches and anyone else who is responsible for children to apply.
To be eligible for the Guardian Academy, you must be older than 18, live in Horry County and pass a background check.
Applications are open now and close on June 4th. All four classes will be held in July at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot.
To learn more, or to apply, click here.