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The police department currently employs 458 sworn police officers and 117 civilians. The department also has a reserve police officer program. Providing a high level of public service is the police department's mission.

The department, headed by Chief Luther T. Reynolds, has many resources and specialized personnel at its disposal. The Charleston Police Department was the first municipal law enforcement agency in the State of South Carolina to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Charleston Police Department would like to invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important information about the department and activities within the City.  We also have a new mobile app for your convenience.  You may visit either the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes to download the app.

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As a participant in the White House Police Data Initiative (PDI), created under President Obama, the City of Charleston and the Charleston Police Department are committed to making data related to policing activities publicly available.  The City of Charleston currently provides raw data on calls for service (911), field contacts, electronic citations and arrests. Additionally available in PDF format are weekly Compstat reports and monthly reports on officer use of force and investigations conducted as a result of citizen complaints.

Please utilize the link below for more information:
Charleston Police Data Initiative

Interested in a new Career? Have questions about becoming an officer? Need more information on the requirements, benefits, opportunities, and pay? Come have all your questions answered by our Recruitment Sergeant, Sgt. Myron Smith, at the Charleston Police Station on Friday, June 15th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. 10 minutes of your day could possibly Change the Course of Your Life! 

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