The Sullivan's Island Police Department is comprised of ten full-time uniformed officers, one full-time animal control officer and fleet manager, and part-time seasonal beach services and parking enforcement officers. The uniformed officers consist of a Police Chief, one captain, four sergeants and four patrol officers, typically working 12-hour shifts. The Department occasionally uses reserve officers and constables during the peak of tourist season.
The Department has also attempted to keep abreast of technological advancements in the field of law enforcement through the acquisition of updated Police vehicles adapted with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), guided laptop computers and updated radio equipment. Body cameras, tasers, and body armor, now considered standard issue for local government law enforcement.
The increasing popularity of the Island’s beaches can be attributed to both the explosive population growth of the Charleston region and the area’s limited access to public beaches. What was once a seasonal increase of beach goers has now become a year-round presence of visitors to the Island’s beaches, restaurant district, and other cultural attractions such as Fort Moultrie. The year-round impact of traffic congestion and other law enforcement activities has subsequently led to a need for both seasonal beach security and parking enforcement personnel, as well as regular patrol officers.
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Going out of town? Safety should still be your number one priority. If you would like an officer to ride by your house when you are out of town please fill out the house watch form (PDF). You may bring it by Town Hall during their regular business hours.