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Community Oriented Police Program(COPS)

The Community Oriented Police program (COPS) is organized to allow deputies to work closely with communities throughout the county. All deputies are trained and responsible for working with the citizens and businesses throughout the county. A sergeant manages COP activities throughout the county. COPS activities include the following:

  • Patrolling neighborhoods and businesses in assigned areas throughout the county
  • Interacting with the citizens and business owners in Georgetown County
  • Conducting bicycle patrols in communities throughout Georgetown County
  • Participating in community events and festivals.
  • Implementing Crime Watch Areas throughout the County
  • Conduct bicycle patrols in communities throughout Georgetown County

School Resource Unit

The Georgetown County School Resource Unit provides security at schools located in Georgetown County. School Resource Officers (SRO) are assigned to the following schools: Waccamaw High School, Carvers Bay High School, and Andrews High School. Deputies work off-duty for the school district providing security at schools through out the county. The School Resource Officers are responsible for the following:

  • Providing security at the school during school hours
  • Providing after hours security at school sporting events and school activities as needed
  • Providing educational activities related to law enforcement.
  • Building a positive relationship with students
  • Working with students throughout the summer.
  • Provide security at evacuation shelters located at the schools

Warrants Unit

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Warrants Unit is responsible for the management and service of arrest warrants issued and served in Georgetown County. The Warrants Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Serving arrest warrants in Georgetown County
  • Managing arrest warrants issued in Georgetown County, to be served in other jurisdictions
  • Maintaining an updated active warrants list
  • Coordinating with all court systems located in the county to manage warrants
  • Transporting prisoners from other areas of the state and country arrested on warrants issued in Georgetown County
  • Processing and enforcing claims and deliveries
  • Assisting other GCSO Units as needed

Judical Center / Court Room Security Unit

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Judicial Center/Court Room Security Unit provides security for the Georgetown County Judicial Center and courtrooms. The Judicial Center /Court Room Security Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Providing security in the courtrooms at the County Courthouse including General Sessions (criminal), Family Court, and Civil Court (Common Pleas Court)
  • Transporting prisoners to and from the County Courthouse
  • Assisting other GCSO Units as needed
  • Providing security at the Georgetown County Judicial Center during business hours
  • Providing security at county council meetings
  • Coordinating with other departments at the courthouse on security concerns

Juvenile Unit

The Juvenile Unit investigates crimes that involve juvenile suspects. The unit also works with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to ensure cases proceed through the juvenile court system.

Litter Control and Enforcement Unit

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office employs 2 Litter Control and Enforcement Deputies to enforce litter laws in the county. The Sheriff's Office also has a deputy who supervises a prison work detail to clean up along the county's roadways. The Litter Control and Enforcement Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Patrolling the county for litter problems and illegal dumping
  • Investigating reports of litter violations
  • Promoting programs to reduce littering
  • Assisting other GCSO Units as needed

Animal Control and Enforcement Unit

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Animal Control and Enforcement Unit enforces animal control laws in the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County. The Animal Control and Enforcement Unit is responsible for the following:

  • Patrolling the county for violations of the animal control laws
  • Investigating reports of animal control law violations
  • Assisting the Humane Society as needed