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Jerome Taylor
Interim Chief of Police
Charleston Police Department

Jerome Taylor was appointed Interim Chief of Police of the Charleston Police Department on August 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Interim Chief Taylor was the Commander of the Investigations and Community Outreach Bureau. The Bureau consists of a variety of divisions that accomplish various multifaceted functions in support of the Charleston Police Department’s overall Strategic Plan. He has served the Charleston Police Department in many capacities that include; Commander of Operations Bureau, Commander Special Operations Bureau, Commander of Central Investigations Division, Commander Uniform Patrol, Deputy Bureau Commander Administrative Services Bureau and SWAT Team Commander. He served as an Assessor with the Commission Accreditation for Law Enforcement. 

Interim Chief Taylor is strategically focused with many community and professional organizations. He strongly believes a collaborative initiative between the community and law enforcement is essential in addressing issues and establishment of a healthy community. 

Interim Chief Taylor has received numerous community awards, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Scroll of Honor. A Navy veteran he served in Vietnam. Upon being discharged he continued to serve the Navy Reserves Forces. He was recalled to active duty during Desert Shield/Storm and was awarded several military commendations. He retired as Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy. 

He graduated from Bonds-Wilson High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University, and he is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. 

Interim Chief Taylor’s professional and fraternal affiliations include Life Member International Association Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, FBI National Academy Associates, Member Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.