Administration

The Administration section of the police department is in the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 2560 Main Street, Suite 7, Conway, South Carolina 29526. In Administration, you will find the Chief of Police, Deputy Chiefs, Professional Standards, Crime Analysis, Public Information Officer and the balance of the administrative staff.


Chief Joseph Hill

Chief Hill can be reached by email at hillj@horrycounty.org.

A Native of Cincinnati Ohio, Chief Joseph R. Hill entered the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Academy (Reserve) in June of 1984 during his Naval military service. Chief Hill joined the Fairfax County Police Department in October of 1988. After 28 years of dedicated service, Hill retired from Fairfax County in 2016 to take the top leadership spot in the Horry County Police Department. 

During his law enforcement career Chief Hill has been exposed to several levels of leadership to include command of the following units and bureaus:

  • First Line Supervisor
  • Volunteer and Auxiliary Unit Coordinator
  • Police Liaison Commander
  • Assistant Director of Fairfax County’s 911 Center
  • Precinct Commander for the Mount Vernon and West Springfield Communities in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Director of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Major of the Administrative Services Bureau

As the Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, Hill oversaw the budget, the department’s robust recruiting efforts, resources of 1402 sworn members and 175 civilian staff, a background section of 32 employees and the state and federal grants section of the police department. Hill’s exposure to these varied leadership roles prepared him assume the role as Chief of the Horry County Police Department which he was appointed to on September 23, 2016.

Chief Hill is dedicated to ethical leadership training and education for executive professionals in the field of Law Enforcement. Hill serves as a mentor to other senior and executive members of police agencies worldwide through his Counter Terrorism instruction with the U.S. State Department's Anti-Terror Assistance Program (ATA).  He teaches Police and Military commanders abroad and has travelled to over 13 countries, and counting, teaching counter terror operations and ethical leadership. Hill is a member of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and South Carolina Chief's Association.

Hill is an honor graduate from the University of Richmond where he received his undergraduate degree in HR and leadership. He earned his Master’s Certificate with honors at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Chief Hill also graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy, session 256.

Professional Standards

It is the Policy of the Horry County Police Department that all complaints pertaining to departmental policies or procedures which allege officer misconduct shall be investigated by the department.

How to File a Complaint:
1. Complaints can be given in person, via telephone, email or in writing.
2. Any supervisor may accept your complaint.
   a.) During Normal Business hours: You can call the police department directly at 843-915-5350.
   b.) Our Dispatch Center is operated 24 hours a day and at any time you can call 843-248-1520 and request to speak to a supervisor. The dispatcher will gather some information and have a supervisor contact you at their earliest convenience.

Process of your complaint:
1. A complaint form is completed and forwarded through the chain of Command.
2. The complaint is either investigated by Supervisory Staff or assigned to the Office of Professional Standards, at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
3. You will be contacted in reference to the complaint, and information will be gathered to investigate the complaint.
4. Once an investigation is completed it is reviewed by Command Staff and the complaint is Sustained, Not Sustained, Exonerated, or Unfounded.
5. Command Staff will determine disciplinary action.
6. You will be notified of status of the case.

A Citizen’s Complaint Form can be downloaded here . Please print the form, provide all information possible, then mail it or bring it to: Horry County Police Department, ATTN: Professional Standards, 2560 N Main Street Suite 7, Conway, South Carolina, 29526, or in the event you would like to contact me personally, please call the number below or use the email link.

Please note that the Horry County Detention Center and Communications(E-911) are their own departments under Public Safety. Please click the links to go to their webpages for contact information.

Horry County Detention Center

Communications (E-911)

Office of Professional Standards

Public Information Office

The Horry County Public Information Office (PIO) responds to media inquiries, issues news releases, and publishes web and social media content for Horry County Police Department.

Note--the Horry County Police Department does not complete traffic accident reports. You will need to contact the S.C. Highway Patrol (843-365-5001) or municipal law enforcement. 

If an incident did not occur within the unincorporated areas of Horry County, please contact the municipal police. When requesting reports, you will need the following: date, time, location, name(s) of those involved, and a brief description of the incident (example: an intruder). Any additional information you may be able to provide regarding the incident is always helpful. 

To request information through the Freedom of Information Act, please use the FOIA request web form at this link: horrycounty.org/foia  

To speak with the Public Information Officer primarily assigned to Horry County Police Department, call PIO Mikayla Moskov at 843-915-7982.

For other public information inquiries, call the Horry County Public Information Office at 843-915-5390.

Tips

Crime Tips

Please email the Criminal Investigations Division at crimetips@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-TIPS (8477)

Drug and Vice Tips

Please email Special Operations at drugtips@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-8346

Warrants Tips

To send us tips on individuals with outstanding warrants, please email Warrants at mostwanted@horrycounty.org or call 843-915-5688

Non-emergency Line: 843-248-1520
Emergency Line: 9-1-1

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Deputy Chief Davis

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Deputy Chief Winburn

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Captain Freer

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Captain Harrelson

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Captain Hutchins

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Captain Leonhardt

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Captain Strickland

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