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No, in fact, we prefer that you call from the scene of the crime (if it is safe), your residence, or your business. Check fraud, transaction card fraud, and other bank-related cases are often best reported during business hours at the bank itself. A police officer will be dispatched as soon as possible to respond directly to your location and speak to you in person. Response times vary based on call priority, traffic, and other factors, but it is the department's goal to respond as quickly as possible. It is our policy to take reports in person. Only in rare instances are reports filed over the phone. View a copy of the police report (JPG).
You can call (843) 577-7434 and Press 1 for Records for assistance or come to the Records Office at the Police Department headquarters at 180 Lockwood Boulevard. The cost of the Police report is $5. Be sure and bring a state-issued ID/license. You must be able to provide information about the report you are requesting such as:
View a copy of the police/accident report (JPG).
You may schedule off-duty Charleston police officers to provide security for your event that takes place within the City of Charleston. However, the department makes no expressed guarantees an off-duty job will be filled. Requests for off-duty police officers must be made at least 72 hours prior to the event. The request form (Hire an off-duty officer (PDF) must be completed in its entirety by the prospective employer and delivered to the personnel at the front desk for receipt by the Office of Special Events and Off-Duty Employment or email the form. Upon completing the required form, the names of the officers requesting to be considered for the employment will be faxed to the prospective employer prior to the scheduled event.
Effective Monday, May 5, 2014, the Charleston Police Department will no longer provide background checks. For an official comprehensive background check, please visit the SLED website.
Complaints or compliments can be made in person, by phone, in writing or through this website. All complaints to include anonymous complaints are accepted and reviewed with follow up activity to be assigned to the appropriate personnel. Keep in mind that if you file a complaint anonymously, we will not be able to follow up with you on your complaint.
If you would like to file a complaint or compliment, please contact the Professional Standards Office:
Please call (843) 720-2467 to inquire as to property and retrieving items.
The opportunity to observe police patrol activities is offered to citizens through the cooperation of the Chief of Police. Strict adherence to the following instructions is necessary in order to safeguard participants and to minimize the possibility of interference with normal department activities. A valid form of identification is required by the Department to complete the process.
All paperwork should be emailed to Join CPD, or mail to:180 Lockwood BoulevardCharleston, SC 29403
If there are any questions, please call 843-725-9619 for CPD’s Recruiter.
There are areas in the City where skateboarding is prohibited. Please review the map to make sure you are in compliance with the restricted areas.
Employees may have visible tattoos while at work. Tattoos, body art, or brands, anywhere on the body, that are commonly associated with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or that are sexist, racist, or advocate religious discrimination, or drug use are prohibited. Tattoos are explicitly prohibited from being visible above the collarbone on the neck, face, or head and visible with an open collar shirt. Additionally, tattoos will not extend below the wrist onto employees hands. The only exception is a tattoo of one wedding band, on a ring finger, on one hand. A tattoo, brand or body art that is deemed indecent will be covered while the employee is at work.
The Charleston Police Department will vet all exposed tattoos, body art, and brands through the Criminal Intelligence Unit. The Department reserves the right to require employees to conceal their tattoos, body art or brands if deemed necessary to conform to evolving community standards, attitudes, or beliefs. This policy and its exceptions do not grant permanent approval to display any tattoos, body art or brands subsequently deemed unacceptable for display and employees may be required to cover them at any time. If an employee has any tattoo, body art or brand that meets one of the above prohibited criteria, the employee will be required to remove or alter the prohibited marking (at his/her expense) or face disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
The Chief of Police or his designee shall make the final determination as to whether tattoos, body art or brands are inappropriate.
The ordinance prohibits parking or locking a bicycle to:
Parking bicycles in such a manner impede the public right of way creating a safety hazard for pedestrians and can block or impede the ingress and egress of public and private property.
Bicycles that are in violation of this ordinance will be removed and transported to the Charleston Police Department. A storage fee of forty-five dollars will be required to recover a bicycle removed under the ordinance. This ordinance is intended to create a safer and more vibrant King Street business district.
The City has installed over 100 public bike parking spaces, including five new bike corrals, on King Street between Calhoun and Spring Streets to accommodate public bicycle parking in a safe and convenient manner.
To register your bicycle with the Charleston Police Department, print and fill out the Bicycle Registration form and bring it to the Records Office at the Police Department headquarters at:180 Lockwood BoulevardCharleston, SC 29403
This ordinance prohibits all vehicles for hire from picking up passengers on King Street from Spring Street to Calhoun Street and in the Market area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. The prohibited zones are also in effect during the same hours on the following days:
This essentially means Thursday night through Saturday night for clarification. Taxis are asked to stage at six strategically located stands that provide taxi only parking. All of the taxi only spaces are located on the corners of King Street and the respective side streets to keep the stands visible and as close as possible to King Street itself. View the map of King Street stands and prohibited zone (PDF). These include the existing valet stand locations along with a newly created location at the corner of Reid Street and King Street.
The Market area also contains a prohibited vehicle for hire pick-up zone under the ordinance which is applicable to the mentioned nights and times. View the map of Market Street stands and prohibited zone (PDF).
Please review Chapter 31, as well as the amendment to31-212, of the Charleston City Code (PDF).