Friday, March 16, 2018

Missing Person - LOCATED

He was last seen on March 15, 2018 on Rifle Range Rd. near the Porchers Bluff traffic circle around 5pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Theft from Lemonade Stand

On March 11, 2018 the Mount Pleasant Police Department observed a Facebook post regarding the theft of muffins from a lemonade stand on Rifle Range Road near Quail Hollow. After reaching out to the complainant, the Investigations Bureau began looking into the theft. The investigation revealed the suspects were 13 and 14 years of age At the direction of the victim’s family, no charges were filed but arrangements were coordinated for restitution.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mayor Haynie, Town Council Bolster Strong SRO Program, Enhance Security in Elementary Schools

By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Manager

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (March 9, 2018) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie and Mount Pleasant Town Council today announced their decision to enhance the School Resource Officer Program currently implemented in Mount Pleasant schools. Beginning on Monday, an additional nine school resource officers will be assigned to all Mount Pleasant public elementary schools.
“I would like to thank Mount Pleasant Town Council for supporting these security enhancement steps. Our sworn law enforcement officers provide critical school-based security and crime prevention services. They oversee law enforcement on campus, counsel students and provide regular safety training and instruction. They can switch from mentor to tactical officer in a moment,” said Mayor Haynie. “We currently have eight school resource officers assigned to our schools. This number will more than double on Monday when nine officers will be assigned to each of our elementary schools.”
"I want to thank the Mayor and Town Council for supporting the department’s vision to bolster our school security resources. The extra officers will enhance our already strong School Resource Officer Program by increasing our presence within all schools in our community," said Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie.
Charleston County School Board Members Kate Darby and Chris Staubes supported the decision in a joint statement: “The Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County School District have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for the good of our students, teachers and citizens. We welcome the Town’s decision to provide trained school resource officers at every Mount Pleasant elementary school and believe it will go a long way towards ensuring our shared goal of providing a safe and secure learning environment for all children,” they said.
For more information about the School Resource Officer Program, visit the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department at

Friday, March 2, 2018




Mount Pleasant, SC – The Mount Pleasant Police Department's Chief of Police Carl Ritchie is pleased to announce that a team of two assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on Monday, April 2, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.
This assessment will be the eighth re-accreditation after receiving initial accreditation status in 1992. A team of two assessors, composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies across the nation, will once again verify internationally recognized standards that the department has maintained over the past 26 years, as part of this voluntary process.
Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, visit offices and others where compliance can be verified. Assessors will report to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, who will make the final decision on re-accreditation.
As part of the process, the Mount Pleasant community, department employees, as well as any member of the general public are invited to comment on the agencies compliance with CALEA standards by telephone or by appearance at a public hearing session. Telephone calls can be made to 843-849-8112 and will be taken by assessors on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The public hearing will also be held Tuesday beginning at 4:30 PM in the Town of Mount Pleasant Courtroom B located at 100 Ann Edwards Lane, Mount Pleasant.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the Standards is available at the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Inquiries should be directed to the Accreditation Manager, Inspector Chip Googe, at 843-884-4176.

Wanted Person - ARRESTED

James Curtis Manigault, Jr.
Abe White Road, Awendaw, SC
Date of Birth: July 7, 1987
5'08 190lbs
Black Hair/Brown Eyes

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating James C. Manigault, Jr. He has outstanding warrants for Attempted Strong Armed Robbery and Shoplifting.

Anyone with information concerning James Manigault's whereabouts is asked to contact Pfc. Harper at 843-884-4176 or Those who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Black History Month Spotlight: Lieutenant Harris

Lieutenant Craig A. Harris is Mount Pleasant Police Department's highest ranked African-American male. He was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina where he attended Mitchell Elementary, Courtney Middle, and Burke High School. He continued his education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from South Carolina State University. Lt. Harris began his career with Mount Pleasant Police Department in 1996 and throughout the years worked as a police officer on patrol, a detective in criminal investigations, and as a first line supervisor in criminal investigations. He continued his career as a patrol Corporal, then Sergeant and later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the patrol bureau. Throughout the years, Lieutenant Harris has worked on numerous community programs, trained new officers, developed the department’s pre-academy program for new officers, and mentored youth in the community. Lieutenant Harris received many awards and commendations such as Officer of the Quarter, Investigator of the Year, Officer of the Year, Employee of the Month, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated Scroll of Honor Award, Calvary Baptist Church Community Day, Passion to Forgive Foundation, and Charleston County Missionary Baptist Association. Currently, Lieutenant Harris overseas Internal Affairs, holds a master’s degree from Springfield College, and is a Distinguished Graduate from Capella University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Voorhees College.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month Spotlight: Lieutenant Backman

Lieutenant Jennifer Backman is the Mount Pleasant Police Department's first African American female to hold the rank of Lieutenant. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and permanently relocated to the Charleston area for higher education. She began her career with Mount Pleasant in 1994 and throughout the years worked as a police officer on patrol, a detective, and a first line supervisor in Criminal Investigations. She continued her career as a Sergeant in Patrol and later in Internal Affairs until promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. During the years, Lieutenant Backman has worked on multiple programs to strengthen community relations and deter juvenile delinquency. She also created a mentoring program to help new officers adapt to the profession and minimize the turnover rate. Lieutenant Backman has received many awards such as Woman of the Year, Corporal of the Year, and Most Professional. Lieutenant Backman holds a master’s degree from Springfield College and is a Distinguished Graduate from Capella University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Voorhees College.