Police Department

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The police department currently employs 456 sworn police officers and 117 civilians. The police department provides a high level of public service.

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).

Citizen’s Questions or Concerns 

Citizens are invited to email any questions or concerns to  speaktocpd@charleston-sc.gov or contact our Public Information Team at cpdpublicinformationteam@charleston-sc.gov.

For immediate assistance or to file a report, citizens can call 911 for emergencies or call Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch at (843) 743-7200 for non-emergencies.  An officer will be dispatched to assist the citizen.

Office of Internal Affairs

For complimenting or complaining on an employee.

Social Media

Charleston Police Department would like to invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for important information about the department and activities within the City.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prescription Take Back Locations

            CPD Security Camera Registrations   

            Police Data Initiative website

Police Data

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.

Learn more about the Charleston Police Data Initiative.

Police Citizens Academy

The Charleston Police Department (CPD) would like to extend an invitation for you or someone you know to attend a 8-week Police Citizens Academy! Once a week, citizens are invited to attend a 2-hour class that has been specifically designed to educate and increase the public’s understanding of police policies and practices. Instructors will include the Chief of Police, Luther Reynolds, and a variety of CPD commanders and officers throughout the department.

 If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the Community Outreach Office by emailing Mrs. LaQuilla Smalls. No background checks will be completed without a follow-up confirmation email and or phone call. 

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Download a printable application (PDF).

Photo Gallery

View the Charleston Police Departments photo gallery