Support Services

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

Animal Care/Environmental Services

This Section is made up of a Lieutenant and Sergeant that oversee nine officers. 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 8:00 am until 4:30 pm 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.

The Lieutenant of this Section also oversees the civilian staff and operations at the Horry County Animal Care Center.

Logistics Unit

The Logistics Unit is made up of a Lieutenant, Quartermaster, and Civilian Accreditation Manager. They manage the procurement of all associated police equipment and supplies for the police department. In addition to these duties, Lieutenant Kathman serves as the department's court liaison officer.

The Court Liaison acts as a coordinator for the department to the courts, Solicitor's Office, and defense attorneys. He assists with 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 works with to schedule Central Jury Court pre-trial hearings. The Civilian Accreditation manager guides the department's efforts toward state accreditation.

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 & Evidence

The Property and Evidence Section is charged with the control, care, custody and security of items seized, recovered, evidentiary property, as well as, items that have been abandoned, lost or recovered that are in the custody of Horry County Police Department. The Property and Evidence Section operates Monday to Friday during the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. This is a critical section of the Police Department that supports both the Patrol and Investigative areas by maintaining evidence and property for criminal trials and by providing a method of returning property to its rightful owner. The Property and Evidence Section constantly strives to achieve and maintain the integrity, respect and reputation that is expected by the public.


Release of Property

Property scheduled to be released from custody or control can be obtained in person with proper identification (photo identification) and proof of ownership Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, no appointment is necessary however, to avoid delays please call ahead to 843-915-8343. It is helpful if you know your case number and or case or incident information. A criminal records check is conducted on all persons coming to retrieve property. Only lawful items of property can be released.

Found property that is turned in to this department is held for 90 days in an attempt to identify the owner. If after 90 days no owner can be determined, the property will be disposed of.

Retrieving Firearms

A criminal records check is conducted on all persons coming to retrieve a firearm. If you are attempting to retrieve a firearm and you are prohibited by law from possessing it, we will not be able to release it to you. You cannot have a criminal background that prevents you from lawfully possessing a firearm. Only lawful weapons can be returned to the owner. Firearms that are illegal or have altered serial numbers will be destroyed. Firearms that are returned to the owner will be rendered safe for return and transportation. We will not release any ammunition with a firearm. Ammunition is disposed of in a proper manner through the State Law Enforcement Division.

Vehicles Towed

Vehicles that are towed fall into several different categories:

Stolen Recovered – Towed to Horry County Police Department contracted wrecker service facility – Squeaky’ s Automotive located at 2971 Church St (Highway 501), Conway SC 843-365-5390 they are open Monday through Friday 8-5pm.

Abandoned – Towed to Horry County Police Department contracted wrecker service facility – Squeaky’ s Automotive located at 2971 Church St (Highway 501), Conway SC 843-365-5390 they are open Monday through Friday 8-5pm.

Crime Scene – Towed to Horry County Police Department Impound Lot located at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building 2560 N. Main Street, Conway SC 843-915-8343 they are open Monday through Friday 8-5pm. These vehicles must be pre-approved for release.

Owner Request – Vehicles towed at the request of the owner, if your vehicle breaks down and you ask the police to provide a tow truck, it will be towed to that wrecker services lot or location that you have requested.

Arrested – If you are arrested and your vehicle is towed from the arrest location to be safeguarded, it will be towed to a rotation service wrecker lot. You should check at the time of arrest, where the vehicle is being towed. If you are unsure, you can contact our dispatch section at 843-248-1520. They maintain a log of all vehicles towed by Horry County Police.

Narcotics Seizure – Towed to Horry County Police Department Impound Lot located at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building 2560 N. Main Street, Conway SC 843-915-8346 These vehicles must be pre-approved for release.

Fire Vehicles - Towed to Horry County Police Department contracted wrecker service facility – Squeaky’ s Automotive located at 2971 Church St (Highway 501), Conway SC 843-365-5390 they are open Monday through Friday 8-5pm. These vehicles must be pre-approved for release.

Other Agency – Often times your vehicle may have been towed by another agency, ex- South Carolina Highway Patrol, other Police Department. You may have to contact them directly to determine the location your vehicle was towed to.

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 made up of the Technology Unit Supervisor, a 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 discharging 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 various 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 the legibility of reports and makes them immediately available to other Officers and Investigators that may be working the same case.
  • Maintaining and administering the department's 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 various 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 department's 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 department's hardware and software applications.
  • Testing and evaluating new technologies as they become available.

The Technology Units day-to-day mission ensures that our Officers have the tools necessary to serve the public in the most efficient manner possible.

Training Unit

The Training Unit is comprised of a Lieutenant, Sergeants, Corporal, and the Wellness Coordinator. A core group of officers with primary duties throughout the department are certified as instructors and help supplement the training staff.

The Training Unit is responsible for providing the required training mandated to keep all law enforcement certifications current and enhance the department's officer survival skills. In addition to mandated training, courses are continuously evaluated to provide employees with premium specialized blocks of instruction. The Training Unit also manages the department's field training program for line and supervisory personnel.

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.

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.

Peer Team

The Peer Team is a group of officers from across the agency trained in critical incident stress management. They are available 24/7 to assist their fellow officers with stress mitigation and management techniques. In the event of a critical incident where more involved peer resources are needed, they coordinate the response with the SC Law Enforcement Assistance Program. 

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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