Kristin Graziano is the elected Sheriff of Charleston County. She was elected Sheriff in 2020. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state of South Carolina, employing over 900 people. Sheriff Graziano is responsible for oversight of a budget of over $84 million.
Today, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest full-service Sheriff's Offices in the State of South Carolina. Charleston County is South Carolina's seventh largest county geographically and its third-most populous. As a political subdivision, Charleston County has been in existence since 1682, as one of three original counties in South Carolina.
The Sheriff's Office serves a complex and diverse population which continues to experience steady population growth. Latest U. S. Census reports indicate a population of 365, 209 in an area of 916.0 square miles. Along with its cultural, recreational, and historical attractions, Charleston County boasts 90 miles of coastline and 192 miles of creeks and rivers.
The agency is proud to be internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Corrections Association, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care reflecting the commitment of the Sheriff's Office to continually improve the quality of law enforcement service provided to the citizens of Charleston County.
A: The Sheriff has jurisdiction throughout Charleston County, but deputies normally do not respond to routine, non-emergency calls for service within the jurisdictions of municipal law enforcement agencies. Sheriff's Office deputies will assist other law enforcement agencies upon request and will respond to situations within the County when deemed necessary to ensure public safety. The Sheriff's Office does engage in certain routine activities such as civil process, detention and warrants on a countywide basis. The Sheriff has the authority to enforce state law throughout the County, including incorporated areas. Deputies do not have the authority to enforce a city ordinance within the limits of the municipality unless that ordinance has been adopted as a County ordinance.
A: When you call 9-1-1 during an emergency, your call is automatically directed to the appropriate law enforcement agency for your area.
A: No, the center accommodates a variety of inmate classifications, including pre-trail detainees.
A: Inmates at the Charleston County Detention Center are classified by various categories. Those who meet certain criteria are allowed to work on County-sanctioned work projects under the supervision of Sheriff's Office personnel. Work project inmates are under incarceration for nonviolent crimes and usually have specialized skills useful for County work projects. Inmates wear a variety of uniform items to designate their status and the type of work to be performed, but all are clearly identified as Detention Center inmates.
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