Police

The mission of the Surfside Beach Police Department is to administer and enforce all laws in a fair, impartial, and professional manner and to adopt a neighborhood and community oriented policing philosophy through various programs and strategies with the objective of serving, protecting, and positively impacting the quality of life of all the citizens of Surfside Beach.     

Chief Kenneth Hofmann

 

All Emergency Calls Dial 911

Non-Emergency Calls: 843-913-6368

 

police Chief

Kenneth Hofmann

Phone: 843-913-6351
email: khofmann@surfsidebeach.org

 

Police Captain

Arron Miller

Phone: 843-913-6345
email: amiller@surfsidebeach.org

 

Surfside Beach Police Community Alert Program (CAP)

 

The Police Department is excited to announce a new program available to residents called the Community Alert Program (CAP).  Participation in the CAP is voluntary and there is no cost for the service.  Residents who participate in the CAP will be able to take advantage of the following services:

Senior Watch Overview

The Senior Watch program is primarily focused on our senior community but other residents may participate based upon special needs.

  • Participants will be entered into our dispatch system and an automated service will create a service call that will be handled as follows:
    • A Communications Officer will be automatically prompted to call the number(s) provided to make verbal contact and check on the resident
    • If verbal contact cannot be made, a Communications Officer will make additional attempts to contact the emergency/secondary contacts
    • If contact cannot be made and secondary contact does not resolve the issue, a Communications Officer will dispatch an Officer to respond to the residence for a welfare check.  Unless officers determine or believe there is some emergency, they will not enter a residence.
    • All contacts and/or attempts will be documented in the dispatch system
  • Participants can chose how often they would like to be contacted (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)
  • Seniors are not the only residents who may benefit from the program:
    • Residents with physical impairments (walking difficulties, speech/hearing difficulties, etc)
    • Residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory issues

Special Needs Alert

The Special Needs Alert program can help provide vital information to Police Officers who are responding to an address where a resident who has communication difficulties lives

  • Participants can have their address entered into our dispatch system and flagged so that any response to the residence generates an automatic alert
  • Communications Officers will be alerted and provide the information to responding Officers:
    • Residents who are autistic or have similar special needs are often sensitive to loud noises, disturbances, flashing lights, etc
    • Officers can take measures to minimize the impact their response may have on a resident while ensuring a safe response
    • Officers can employ alternate communication tactics to better deal with residents who may have difficulties communicating

If you would like to enroll in the CAP, you can obtain an application by clicking HERE or you can visit the Police Department at 811 Pine Drive in Surfside Beach.  Questions should be directed to Tanika Parson by calling (843) 913-6346. 

 

Important laws, ordinances, and regulations

For a list of Police Department services, click the link below:

http://www.surfsidebeach.org/police-services

 


Surfside Beach Golf Cart Ordinance

The Town passed an ordinance into law that regulates the operation of golf carts in the Town limits.  This ordinance mirrors the allowances and prohibitions of the State law and only adds penalties, which are currently absent in the State code. The Police Department has developed a flyer we hope will be helpful and answer questions about the new ordinance and current State law.  The flyer can be obtained by clicking the link below:

Police Department Golf Cart Information Flyer

 

Citizen's Police Academy

The Surfside Beach Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy is an opportunity for the public to not only get an up-close look at various law enforcement operations but also the specific operations of the Surfside Beach Police Department.  Areas of instruction include budgeting, search and seizure law, traffic enforcement, and police canine.  You may also get a chance to drive a Police car and participate in shoot / don't shoot scenarios!

While the class is designed with Town residents in mind, residency is not a requirement.  We encourage those who live near Surfside Beach and those who travel and work here to apply.  Priority will be given to town residents and business owners, but all are welcome to apply.  Anyone with questions should contact Captain Arron Miller at 843-913-6345 or amiller@surfsidebeach.org .

 

Interested In Joining The Team?

The Police Department continually accepts applications for positions within the department in order to ensure staffing levels are maintained and to prevent interruptions to the services we provide. 

If you are interested in joining our team you can download an application by clicking the link below. 

A printed hardcopy must be submitted either in person or by mail and applications must bear "inked" signatures; no faxes or scans are accepted.

If you have questions concerning employment, contact Captain Arron Miller at 843-913-6345.

Law Enforcement Application

 

Public Feedback

The Police Department values your feedback and opinions.  We encourage citizens to bring forward compliments, suggestions, and grievances regarding operations and the actions of our staff. 

If you have an issue you would like to discuss with a supervisor, you may call (843) 913-6368 and ask for the supervisor on duty or visit the department in person.  Formal complaints can be filed using our formal complaint process.  For more information on our complaint process click the link below to download our Citizen Complaint informational page:

Citizen Complaint Process

 

Police Department Body-worn Camera Program

As part of our continuing effort to provide transparency and partnership with our community, the department has equipped each of its sworn Officers with body-worn video cameras. 

If you have questions about the cameras, our program, or their benefits contact the program manager, Captain Arron Miller by calling (843) 913-6345.  Additionally you can view the department's General Order regarding body-worn cameras by clicking the link below:

General Order 31 / Body-worn Cameras

 

The Police Department is now on Facebook! 

Click the link below to follow us and see updates, news releases, and more.

Surfside Beach Police Department Facebook Page

 

Surfside Beach Information Alerts

We have joined over 7,000 law enforcement agencies across the country that are using Nixle to reach as many people as possible.

SBPD has partnered with Nixle to implement a community notification system, designed to alert citizens in real-time to localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.

You can choose how they want to receive alerts from the department.  Nixle alerts can be sent via text, email, and web.

There are several ways to register
  1. Text SBPD to 888777 from a cellphone (standard text message rules apply)
  2. Visit www.nixle.com and create a profile
Difficulties that May Occur
  • iPhone users – when trying to enroll by texting SBPD to 888777, iOS enters a “ – “ into the number (888-777) which causes the text to fail.  iOS users are asked to register via the Nixle site by visiting www.nixle.com.
  • If you receive a message when enrolling on the Nixle website, stating your subscriber does not allow the notifications, your wireless subscriber may have “shortcode” numbers disabled.  You can call your wireless provider and ask them to enable them and there should not be a cost. This is often the case with T-Mobile and Sprint users (but not always).

Anyone with questions about Nixle or who need help enrolling are asked to contact Captain Arron Miller at (843) 913-6345.