The Police Department offers numerous services to our citizens and visitors in order to make the community safer and more accessible.
Beach Wheelchair Program
The Town of Surfside Beach takes pride in its clean and family friendly public beach. So that everyone, regardless of physical ability, can enjoy them the Police Department maintains a fleet of beach-capable wheelchairs for public use. There is no cost to use a beach wheelchair. In order to borrow a beach wheelchair, persons must meet on one of the following criteria:
- Be a resident of the Town of Surfside Beach, or
- Be a non-resident property owner in the Town of Surfside Beach, or
- Be a visitor staying in the Town of Surfside Beach
If you are interested in using one of our beach wheelchairs, please contact the Police Department during business hours, Monday thru Sunday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by calling (843) 913-6368. Interested users must bring a photo identification card with them to the Police Department when picking up a wheelchair.
Public Fingerprinting Services
The Police Department provides public fingerprinting services at scheduled times each week. Fingerprinting is often required for background checks, bonding, licensing, and employment. The department currently uses traditional “inked” prints.
Public fingerprinting is done each Tuesday and Thursday (excludes holidays) between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is a fee of $5.00 (cash only) and photo identification is required. If you need to be fingerprinted please call Communications at (843) 913-6368 to schedule an appointment.
Citizen's Police Academy
The Police Department held its first Citizen’s Police Academy in 2013 and the program has continued to grow since then. Currently, the department holds 2 sessions annually; one in the spring and one in the fall. Class sessions are usually 7-8 weeks long, taking place one night each week for 2 hours.
The SBPD CPA is a unique and up-close look within the Surfside Beach Police Department. The SBPD CPA is also a showcase program in the Police Chief’s community-centered approach to law enforcement. Often called “community policing”, Chief Rodney Keziah’s goal is to create strong ties with the public and businesses to create a cooperative relationship beneficial to everyone. If you are interested in the SBPD CPA check this site often for the dates of the next session.
Click HERE to download a CPA application
Precious Metal Licensing
The State of South Carolina requires persons and businesses engaged in the purchase of precious metals from the public for profit to obtain a precious metals permit before doing business. Precious metals permits are issued by the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the business is located or service is provided.
Businesses located in the corporate limits of Surfside Beach must first obtain a valid business license from the Town’s business and licensing department. Once a valid business license has been issued by the Town, interested businesses may contact the Police Department to seek issuance of the permit.
If you are interested in the precious metals permit process in the Town of Surfside Beach you can contact Captain Arron Miller by calling (843) 913-6345.
You may click the link below to download and print an application for a precious metals license for the Town of Surfside Beach:
TOSB PRECIOUS METALS LICENSE APPLICATION
Click the link below to view the state statute for precious metals:
Police Wrecker Rotation Service
Surfside Beach Town Ordinance establishes an emergency services rotational towing list, otherwise known as the Police Department wrecker rotation. This wrecker rotation ensures the department has access to available wreckers for traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, and other needs. While vehicle owners may generally request their own wrecker service, vehicles towed for law enforcement reasons must by ordinance be towed on rotation.
The Town’s wrecker rotation ordinances provide other benefits to include the establishment of standardized towing fees, equipment and location inspections, and annual renewals.
In order to qualify for the wrecker rotation business must meet the following primary requirements:
- Business must be located in the corporate limits of Surfside Beach
- Business must hold a valid business license for a minimum of 6 months
- Business must have physical location in Town where vehicles are stored
If you have questions about the wrecker rotation please contact Captain Arron Miller at (843) 913-6345.
You may click the link below to download and print an application to the department's wrecker rotation:
SBPD POLICE DEPARTMENT WRECKER ROTATION APPLICATION
Police Department Tours & Presentations
The Surfside Beach Police Department is committed to the goal of establishing and maintaining a transparent law enforcement agency. We are YOUR police department. There is no better way to see your police department than with a public tour. The department frequently hosts tours of the agency for civic groups, school groups, and other entities interested in the department or law enforcement in general. The department and its staff also appear at numerous speaking engagements throughout the year.
If you are interested in a tour or a speaking appearance, please contact Lieutenant Kenneth Hofmann at (843) 913-6358.