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.
A: FOIA stands for the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, which was enacted to provide direct access to the functions of government to the general public and press.
A: Before filing a formal FOIA request, you may want to call or visit the public Records office first and ask for the information you are seeking. A formal FOIA request may not be needed. If one is required, this request must be in writing.
A: Generally speaking there is a fee that the public bodies are allowed to charge under FOIA. This fee may vary depending on the type of the request. A fee may be charged not to exceed the actual cost of research and making copies.
A: Each public body, upon written request, has ten days (excluding weekends and legal, public holidays) to respond to a request. If the requested information is older than two years, this increases to twenty days.
A: Yes. There is nothing under this Act that prevents the public body from charging an hourly rate, but it has to be a reasonable rate..
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