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Frequently Asked Questions

In case of an Emergency dial 911

 

 

Q:   Do Sheriff's deputies have authority within the municipalities?
A:   The Sheriff has jurisdiction throughout Charleston County, but deputies normally do not respond to routine, non-emergency calls for service within the jurisdictions of municipal law enforcement agencies. Sheriff's Office deputies will assist other law enforcement agencies upon request and will respond to situations within the County when deemed necessary to ensure public safety. The Sheriff's Office does engage in certain routine activities such as civil process, detention and warrants on a countywide basis. The Sheriff has the authority to enforce state law throughout the County, including incorporated areas. Deputies do not have the authority to enforce a city ordinance within the limits of the municipality unless that ordinance has been adopted as a County ordinance.
 
Q:   I'm confused about jurisdiction. How do I know who to call when I have an emergency?
A:   When you call 9-1-1 during an emergency, your call is automatically directed to the appropriate law enforcement agency for your area.
 
Q:   Have all of the inmates at the Detention Center been convicted of a crime?
A:   No, the center accommodates a variety of inmate classifications, including pre-trail detainees.
 
Q:   Why have I seen inmates moving about freely in County buildings?
A:   Inmates at the Charleston County Detention Center are classified by various categories. Those who meet certain criteria are allowed to work on County-sanctioned work projects under the supervision of Sheriff's Office personnel. Work project inmates are under incarceration for nonviolent crimes and usually have specialized skills useful for County work projects. Inmates wear a variety of uniform items to designate their status and the type of work to be performed, but all are clearly identified as Detention Center inmates.
 

 

 

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