Central Police Department
The Central Police Department provides law enforcement services and enforcement within the town limits of Central 24 hours a day year round.
The Town of Central Police Department has a total of 10 officers. Our department consists of a Chief of Police, Investigative Sergeant, and 8 road officers. Although our administrative office is only open during the week, our officers provide services for the Town of Central around the clock. If an emergency, we can be reached at 911. In the event of a non-emergency and you need an officer to respond, you can reach us at 864-639-4020 and an officer will be dispatched to your location. You can obtain a copy of your incident report, accident report, background checks, or other documents from our office during normal business hours.
Phone: (864) 639-4020
Fax: (864) 639-2610
1067 West Main Street
Central, SC 29630-0549
PO Box 549
Central, SC 29630-0549
Chief of Police:
The Central Police Department was awarded Re-Accredited Status by the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition on June 3, 2010 at a ceremony at the South Carolina Police Chief’s Association in Columbia, SC. The Central Police Department received it’s initial accrediation on September 6, 2006.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation program managed and directed by the governing council of South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc, (SCLEA) is based upon the processes prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) for national accreditation. The standards parallel those of national accreditation, but with a South Carolina flavor. Use of the national standards has been approved by CALEA. The Program is designed to provide a basis from which a participating agency may seek national accreditation, if desired.
Goals of SCLEA
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
- Improve service delivery
- Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency
Benefits of SCLEA
Greater Accountability within the Agency: Accreditation standards give the agency a proven management system of written directives, sound training, and clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making.
Staunch Support from Government Officials:Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Thus government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
Stronger Defense Against Lawsuits and Citizen Complaints: Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.
Controlled Liability Insurance Loss: Accredited status makes it easier for agencies to purchase liability insurance; allows agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily; and, in many cases, results in lower premiums.
Increased Community Advocacy: Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectation.
Improves Employee Morale: Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employees’ safety; and processes to safeguard employees’ rights. Employees take pride in their department, knowing it
represents the very best in law enforcement.
Achieving and maintaining accreditation status is a process, which must include the entire agency. Although relatively few police department members are responsible for developing and reviewing department policies, all employees can have input into the process. Supervisors and affected personnel are asked for their input on policy creation and updating. Additionally, any employee can make suggestions at any time regarding written directives or operation of the Central Police Department.
All members of the Central Police Department, likewise, have responsibilities regarding accreditation. All employees are responsible for being familiar with written directives. Officers and supervisors with areas of special responsibilities must be thoroughly familiar with the accreditation standards, which cover their areas of responsibility and ensure that we are complying with the standards.
The Accreditation Process
The two main components of accreditation are written directives and proofs of compliance.
Written Directives: Any written document used to guide or affect the performance or conduct of agency employees. The term includes policies, procedures, rules and regulations, general orders, special orders, memorandums and instructional material.
Proofs of Compliance: Documentation and other evidence that can be examined to determine that practices are being implemented properly. These may include but not limited to: reports, checklists, inventories, inspection forms, CAD and RMS printouts and photographs. The Police Department will be required to prove continued compliance with our policies and procedures.
Time sensitive standards are mandatory standards that have to be completed according to the frequency required by the standard. These may be reports, audits, analysis, inspections, reviews,
inventories, tests and surveys. It is essential that these documents be completed in the time frequency required.
There are more than 460 standards. A file is generated documenting the controlling directive and the proofs showing continued compliance. During an onsite inspection, each of these files is
reviewed to determine if the directives and proofs of compliance are correct. Also during the inspection, the assessors will tour the agency, conduct ride-a longs, review a static display of equipment and hold a panel review. The assessors will then report their finding to S.C.L.E.A. for a determination on Accreditation or Re-accreditation.
The agency will undergo re-accreditation every three years.
If you have any questions regarding the accrediation process or inquiries about Central Police Department’s accreditation, you can contact Jessica Wells, the Accreditation Manager, or go to the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition’s website by clicking here.