Support Services

Support Services Division includes Records, School Resource Officers, Accreditation & Training, Hiring & Recruiting, Court Liaison, and the Technology Unit.

Accreditation and Training

The Accreditation and Training Section is comprised of one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and one Training Officer. A core group of officers with primary duties throughout the department are certified as instructors and help supplement the training staff.

The Training Section is responsible for providing the required training mandated to keep all law enforcement certifications current and enhance the officer survival skills of the department. In addition to mandated training, courses are continuously evaluated to provide employees with premium specialized blocks of instruction. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: the testing and hiring of new personnel, all promotional assessments through the rank of Lieutenant, the oversight of the Field Training Officers program and the procurement of all associated police equipment utilized by departmental personnel.

Training Lieutenant

Lieutenant Derrick Ard may be contacted by email at ardj@horrycounty.org

Training Sergeant

Sergeant Danny Furr may be contacted by email at furrd@horrycounty.org

Accreditation

Linda Foxwell may be contacted by email at foxwell.linda@horrycounty.org

Wellness Coordinator

Jim McQuinn may be reached by email at mcquinn.james@horrycounty.org

Chaplains

The Mission of the Chaplains is to address the needs of police officers by providing a listening ear, supportive presence, individul counseling, or effective referral. Our trained and certified chaplains understand the unique environment of Law Enforcement and can provide specialized guidance, counseling, and assistance when called upon.

Our police chaplains participate in ride-a-longs and are notified when an officer is injured, experiences a prolonged illness, or is hospitalized. Chaplains also offer their services to officers involved in cases of suicide, homicide, death notifications, fatal accidents, and any situation in which the presence of a Chaplain is requested.

Court Liaison

Lt. Michael Kathmen is the Court Liaison and Logistics Manager, he may be reached at 843-915-8073 or by email at kathmenm@horrycounty.org

The Court Liaison acts as a liaison for the department to the courts, Solicitor's Office,  and defense attorneys for all discovery requests, reciprocal discoveries, case file requests, victim information requests, civil subpoenas, criminal subpoenas, sets court dates for the department at roster hearings, and acts as a liaison during Central Jury Court pre-trial hearings.

Crime Analysis

The Horry County Police Department's GIS Crime Analyst compiles and analyzes crime statistics, and through the use of maps and reports disseminates the information to Police Officers and the public. The goal of the GIS Crime Analyst is to identify crime patterns, trends, and suspects.

Crime Mapping Now Online

Environmental Services

Environmental Services is comprised of 9 officers with 1 supervisor. Environmental Services Officers handle the enforcement of laws relating to animals and litter (including accumulation of garbage, junk cars, illegal dumping...).

Environmental Services Officers are on duty Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm and are on call for emergencies after these hours.

You may request an Environmental Services Officer by calling your precinct or 843-248-1520 for non-emergencies.

Mobile Command Unit

The Horry County Police Department's Mobile Command Unit (MCU) was purchased in 2002 with a Federal Block Grant. This vehicle allows officers to have all the capabilities of the Police Department on a mobile platform. This unit has satellite internet, televison, and telephone, as well as radios, fax machine, printers and a large format plotter.

The MCU is utilized during extended calls and emergency situations as well as special operations. The MCU is also makes appearances at special functions at schools, churches, etc.

Police Records (Incident Reports and Warrants)

The Records Section of the Horry County Police Department is responsible for data entry of all incident reports, arrest records, criminal warrants and civil papers. This information is provided to State Law Enforcement Division and FBI for state and national crime statistics. This section is also responsible for providing information to the Public, other law enforcement and government agencies in compliance with state and federal laws.

The main line for records is: 843-915-8344. The main line for warrants is: 843-915-8347

Doris Johnson
Supervisor II (Records & Warrants)
843-915-8004
johnsdo@horrycounty.org

Property Crimes

The Property Crimes Section is responsible for investigation of all property related crimes to include Burglary, B & E Auto and Larceny. There are two Property Crimes Detectives assigned to each precinct. Please contact the precinct you reside in to reach the property crimes detectives.

Regional Drug Analysis Lab

With grant aid from the Drug Control and System Improvement Program of the SC Department of Public Safety’s Office of Justice, the Horry County Police Department Regional Drug Analysis Laboratory opened in August 2003 to serve the law enforcement agencies and solicitors’ offices of the 15th Judicial Circuit.  The Laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art instrumentation.  A GC-MS (Gas Chromatograph with a Mass Selective detector) System provides confirmatory results for most every liquid, solid, tablet, capsule, and plant matter submitted for analysis.  A UV-VIS Spectrophotometer utilizes ultraviolet and visible light to presumptively test unknown liquid submissions.  An FT-IR (Fourier Transform- Infrared spectroscopy) System presumptively identifies unknown liquids and solids, as well as confirms the difference between the presence of cocaine base (often referred to as crack cocaine) and cocaine salt (cocaine powder).  The Drug Analysis Laboratory is operated by one Forensic Chemist, who tests seized substances according to analytical procedures accepted by and currently in practice at S.L.E.D.  The Forensic Chemist also serves as an Expert Witness for drug cases analyzed in the Laboratory that go to trial.

Technology Unit

The Technology Unit is comprised of a Manager, one Crime Analyst, and one Application Support Analyst.

The Technology Unit is responsible for developing, acquiring, and maintaining new technologies to assist Horry County Police Officers in the discharge of their duties.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Maintaining and training Officers in the use of the Mobile Data Terminals assigned to all Horry County Police Patrol Units. These Mobile Data Terminals allow the Officers of the County Police Department to perform a variety of inquiries in the field that previously had to be requested through Horry County 911 Dispatch. The terminals also allow Officers to complete their incident reports online. This improves not only the legibility of reports, but also makes them immediately available to other Officers and Investigators that may be working the same case.
  • Maintaining and Administering the departments electronic Records Management System. The Records Management System is where all Horry County Police reports and associated case documents are stored. The Horry County Police also hosts 11 other Law Enforcement Agencies on our records management system. The Technology Unit is responsible for supporting and being a Liaison to these agencies. 
  • Generating a variety of statistical reports, from multiple data sources, to assist the Horry County Police Department, and other agencies, with crime detection and prevention. Also, providing crime mapping capabilities to the County Police and other agencies.
  • Maintaining, Administering, and training Officers in the use of, a variety of software applications to assist them in their day to day duties. These software applications vary from predictive policing to simple office efficiency.
  • Maintaining, Administering, and training Officers in the use of the departments digital video recording system. This system is present in all patrol vehicles
  • Maintaining all Officers’ certifications for the appropriate level of access to NCIC.
  • Providing User support on all of the departments hardware and software applications.
  • Testing and evaluating new technologies as they become available.

The Technology Units day to day mission is ensure that our Officers have the tools necessary to serve the Public in the most efficient manner possible.

Crime Analyst
Olaf Jonasson
843-915-7977
jonassono@horrycounty.org

Applications Support Analyst
Cameron Strickland

Victim's Advocate

The Victims’ and Witnesses’ Bill of Rights was passed into South Carolina law in 1984.  Our Victim’s Advocate Program ensures that the rights and entitlements provided for victims and witnesses in Horry County are honored by:

  • Ensuring that victims and witnesses are provided a copy of the police report and advised of their rights and the criminal justice process.
  • Providing assistance in applying for compensation benefits and other available financial, social services and counseling assistance.
  • Upon victim’s request, accompaniment to court proceedings and/or providing transportation if needed.
  • Upon victim’s request, make a reasonable attempt to inform victim of status and progression of case.

The Victim’s Advocate office is available to victims and witnesses of crime in Horry County Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at every precinct or by telephone at 843-915-8348.

Sarah Kennedy - Victims Advocate Coordinator - 843-915-8115 - kennedy.sarah@horrycounty.org
Nelson Melendez (Central Precinct, bilingual - Spanish/English) - 843-915-8069 - melendez.nelson@horrycounty.org
Willa Johnson-Carter (South Precinct) - 843-915-7971 - carterw@horrycounty.org
Renae Searcy (West Precinct) - 843-915-8061 - searcyr@horrycounty.org 

Department of Crime Victim Compensation (formerly known as SOVA)

What can a victim advocate do for me?
A victim advocate is here to assist you with understanding the judicial process of your case by acting as a liaison, as needed, between you, the officers, detectives, creditor’s and any other representatives from other agencies. The victim advocate will advise you of your rights, as well as, inform you of resources that are available to you. She may also provide you with limited counseling, and can refer you for long-term services when appropriate.
What are compensation benefits and how do I get them?
Compensation benefits can include medical care, lost wages/support, mental health counseling, funeral/burial (up to $4000.00), and reimbursement for crime related prescription and medical expenses already paid by the victim prior to claim approval. This service is provided through the State Governor's Office Department of Crime Victim Compensation, formerly know as SOVA, www.sova.sc.gov/apps.html). You can apply here at the Victim’s Advocate Office.
Who can qualify for financial assistance and what are the eligibility requirements for compensation benefits?
If you are a crime victim, an immediate family member of a crime victim, or someone who is paying bills or taking care of a crime victim, you may apply. To be eligible, the crime must have occurred in this state and reported to law enforcement within 48 hours of occurrence, that you were not doing anything illegal at the time of the crime, that you submitted the application within 180 days from the crime date, and when all other insurance and payment sources have been exhausted.
As a victim, do I have the right to attend the bond hearing?
Yes. Upon the defendant(s) arrest, a victim’s advocate will make a reasonable attempt to contact you to advise when the bond hearing is scheduled, providing that you checked ‘yes’ on your victim’s rights form that the law enforcement officer had you sign. You have the right to attend, as well as, make recommendations during any pretrial hearing. At the hearing, you will be given the opportunity to discuss any concerns pertaining to the incident and/or defendant(s) bond. For example, if you were afraid for your safety you would want to present this to the judge to take into consideration.
As a victim of Domestic Violence, can I drop the charges against the defendant?
When a police officer arrives on scene for a domestic violence call, he/she is mandated by the Laws of South Carolina to document the incident appropriately. If probable cause exists, the officer will formally charge the suspect while on scene. However, if there is not enough substantial evidence at this time to support the charge, then the officer must present the facts of the case to a county magistrate to determine whether or not probable cause exists for an arrest. Once the suspect is arrested, there will be a bond hearing to determine the conditions of his/her release that the defendant must adhere to until the trial date. There will be a period of time between the bond hearing and the trial. You, the victim, will have the opportunity to voice your concerns to the judge at the trial.

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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