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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).
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 Professional Standards Office 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:
The opportunity to observe police patrol activities is offered to students and interested persons 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 Mrs. Olive Coleman, Fax 843-973-7220, or mail to:180 Lockwood BoulevardCharleston, SC 29403
If there are any questions, email Mrs. Coleman or call 843-720-2449.
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 will not visibly display tattoos that are obscene, sexual, racial, or religiously discriminatory. Employees are prohibited from exhibiting any body art/brands that advocate or symbolize gang affiliation, supremacist or extremist groups or drug use. 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. Excessive visible tattoos are prohibited. Excessive is defined as covering more than 30% of an exposed body part. Employees who have tattoos, body art that meets or exceed the listed criteria will be required to wear long-sleeves when representing the police department.
Employees assigned to the Special Investigations Unit will be exempt from covering tattoos while in their assignment and acting in a plainclothes position. However, they must conform to this policy once relieved from their assignment or on official duty for the police department such as attending court. Command staff personnel retain final discretion when determining the appropriateness of exposed tattoos.
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).
View the Soft Closing Extension Memorandum (PDF).