Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Identification Needed


On 8/16/2016 the Mount Pleasant responded to Wal-Mart in Oakland Market in reference to a female shoplifting several items from the store. The above subject was able to leave the store on foot before loss prevention could apprehend her.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Pfc. Boss at 843-884-4176 or Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Help Protect Your Children from Online Predators

There is no greater risk to a child’s safety than an online predator who wishes to meet in person. Help teach your children to identify predators’ methods for online enticement.
  • Your child should NEVER meet face-to-face with anyone they first met online without your permission and/or attendance.
  • Take an interest in your child’s online activities and know with whom he or she is communicating.
  • Teach your child to refrain from talking about sex with anyone they meet online.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions, especially if your child is acting suspiciously.
  • Teach your child not to reveal personal information.
  • Approve all photos and videos before your child posts them online. Make sure they do not reveal identifying information and are not sexually provocative or inappropriate.
  • Look for warning signs. If you feel your child is in danger, make a report to and contact your local law-enforcement agency immediately.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Riley Institute at Furman

Mount Pleasant, SC – Chief Carl Ritchie is one of 45 leaders from across the Lowcountry and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 11th Lowcountry class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “We are excited to welcome these accomplished people into DLI. The relationships they will form and tools they will gain over the course of the DLI program will support their progress as passionate and influential leaders in the state,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. 
Poised to join more than 1700 Riley Fellows from across the state, class members meet for five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants. DLI is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president. “DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Johnson.
As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.    Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application. “The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” Gordon said.
“I look forward to sharing my law enforcement perspective on diversity and how important it is to staff a department that is reflective of the community we serve,” says Chief Ritchie. “I anticipate I will take away valuable information from the other leaders in this class that will help strengthen the relationship we have with our citizens.“

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

Matthew L. Barnes
84 Johnson Street
Charleston, SC

On August 20, 2016, at approximately 3:40 a.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Perseverance Street in reference to a stabbing. Matthew Barnes was attending a house party at this location when an altercation broke out with another guest. During the altercation, Matthew Barnes produced a knife and stabbed the first victim in the neck and abdomen. A second victim was cut on the arm and shoulder. Both victims were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and have since been released. Matthew Barnes turned himself in to officers today and has been charged with Attempted Murder, Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime. 

We want to thank the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in this case!

Start a Discussion with Your Children - Identity Theft Online

Start a discussion with your children
  • What do you consider your personal information?
  • Why is it important to keep personal information private?
  • What are some scams that you may have come across online?
  • Have you ever clicked on pop-ups? Do you think that they will give you what they promise?
  • How often do you change your passwords?
  • How can you tell if a website is secure?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Help Protect Your Family's Identity

The more time that your children spend online, the more opportunities they will have to share information about themselves. Talk to your children about the information that they should never share without your permission, including Social Security numbers and credit or debit card numbers. Then, visit the FTC’s website to learn more about how to better protect yourself and your family, and how to file a complaint.
  • Never share your password or account numbers over an e-mail or instant message.
  • Do not follow links from e-mails when conducting financial transactions; instead, enter the URL yourself.
  • Be wary of callers, pop-ups, websites, or e-mails asking for personal information.
  • Look for “https” or a picture of a lock before purchasing from a website or giving out information on that website.
  • Create secure passwords and change them often.
  • Never download software from a source you do not trust or open e-mails or images from unfamiliar senders.
  • Install firewall, anti-spyware, and antivirus software, and update it often.
  • File a report with law enforcement and notify creditors if there is an incident or a suspicion of identity theft.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Start a Discussion with Your Child about Cyberbullying



Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. The more often you talk to them about online safety, the easier it will get, so don’t get discouraged if they don’t respond immediately!
  • Why do you think people cyberbully?
  • How does your school deal with cyberbullying?
  • Have you ever sent a mean message because you were upset?
  • What would you do if someone created a mean, fake profile for you or one of your friends?
  • How can you stop yourself from being cyberbullied?
  • Who would you talk to if it happened to you?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Help Protect Children from Cyberbullying

Bullying is often seen as an unfortunate, but natural part of adolescence. However, pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper warns, “Cyberbullying can affect the social, emotional, and physical health of a child.” For these reasons, it is important that parents and guardians take steps to help their child deal with and respond to cyberbullying.
  • Tell your child not to respond to rude e-mails, messages, and comments.
  • Save the evidence, such as e-mail and text messages, and take screenshots of comments and images. Also, take note of the date and time when the harassment occurs.
  • Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) or cell phone provider. Ask the website administrator or ISP to remove any Web page created to hurt your child.
  • If harassment is via e-mail, social networking sites, IM, and chat rooms, instruct your child to “block” bullies or delete your child’s current account and open a new one.
  • If harrassment is via text and phone messages, change the phone number and instruct your child to only share the new number with trustworthy people. Also, check out phone features that may allow the number to be blocked.
  • Get your child’s school involved. Learn the school’s policy on cyberbullying and urge administrators to take a stance against all forms of bullying.
  • Make a report to, and if you feel something illegal has occurred, inform law enforcement.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Citizen's Police Academy Registration - Class is Now Full

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is recruiting citizens to enroll in the upcoming Mount Pleasant Citizen's Police Academy beginning September 15th 2016.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department believes its service delivery must incorporate a shared responsibility with the community and motivate the strengths of neighborhoods. Critical to the success of this shared responsibility are well informed citizens who have an awareness of the mission, resources, practices, and services of the department. To engage our residents and provide insight to their police department, the Mount Pleasant Police Department has developed a 10-week Citizens Police Academy for the residents of Mount Pleasant,said Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie.
The Mount Pleasant Citizens Police Academy provides a chance for the citizens of Mount Pleasant to understand the various aspects of the police department on a more personal level and to closely interact with its members. A wide range of topics will be discussed to include, but not limited to, national accreditation, operations, uniform patrol, traffic services, and investigations.
Community involvement is the most powerful, efficient, and practical force any local law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime,said Crime Prevention Officer David Benjamin. The department wants to encourage the citizens of the Town of Mount Pleasant to become active partners with their police department by working together to identify solutions and strategies to the problems facing Mount Pleasant. More than just an educational opportunity for citizens, the academy has proven beneficial to the police department as well. Several graduates have become volunteers for the police department, good will ambassadors for the Town of Mount Pleasant, and promoters of the academy itself.
Meeting only on Thursdays, one day a week for 10 weeks, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. these classes will allow flexibility for voluntary portions of the program. Class size will be limited to 20 students of at least 18 years of age who have successfully completed the application process.
The classes will take place at the Mount Pleasant Police Department, 100 Ann Edwards Lane, Mount Pleasant. Anyone interested in enrolling in the Citizen Police Academy should apply online at or contact Crime Prevention Officer David Benjamin at (843) 998-5170 or email him at

Identification Needed

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is requesting the public's help to identify the two suspects pictured above. They were seen at The Tides in the parking garage taking bicycles and fishing equipment on August 8, 2016. 

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call Pfc. Reynolds at 843-884-4176. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Running Man Challenge

We want to sincerely thank the Tapio School of Dance for their work in helping us put this video together! We could not have do this without them!
The support we have received from our community has been overwhelming and we want to thank you for all of the cards, hugs, social media comments, and catered lunches! We are truly blessed and honored to serve the citizens of the Town of Mount Pleasant!
A big thank you to Marquel Coaxum from the Town of Mount Pleasant Communications Office for helping us film this endeavor and for giving video guidance!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Press Release

UAS Training
Flickr Photo Album

Mount Pleasant, SC – The Mount Pleasant Police Department acquired a DJI Inspire unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as a tool to assist in law enforcement operations. This new tool will be available for use in missing person cases, disaster response, HAZMAT response, barricaded persons, serious traffic collisions, special events, and any other instance where there is a need for an aerial perspective.

“In the case of a missing child or person, this system will allow us to access more areas than just having officers working on the ground,” said Inspector Chip Googe. “The UAS will also allow us more security options during special events like the Bridge Run and the Children’s Day Festival.”

The Mount Pleasant Police Department received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to begin operations and the initial training of the six officers who will operate the UAS was donated by SkyView Aerial Solutions. "Our law enforcement men and women are selfless servants and they never stop protecting our communities. They deserve the best equipment and training to help them perform this great work,” says SkyView CEO Tom Fernandez. “For over 2-years, SkyView Aerial Solutions has used drones commercially and for public safety all over South Carolina. Our experience is vast and we have learned many valuable lessons. Therefore, we donated our time to the Mount Pleasant Police Department to teach them what we know about small drones. Our donation is but a small token of appreciation for all that they do for us."

“The use of the UAS will enhance the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s ability to effectively serve our citizens and is an opportunity for us to use technology to keep the community and officers safe,” says Chief Carl Ritchie.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wanted Wednesday

Nathaniel Johnson
2740 Kidmore Road
Mount Pleasant, SC
DOB 9/1/1968
5'11" Tall / 167lbs

Nathaniel Johnson is wanted for the following offenses:
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Driving Under Suspension 3rd x2
  • Habitual Offender
  • Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
He is known to frequent the Boston Grill/Hamlin Road area of Mount Pleasant. Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call Pfc. Lynch in the Warrants Bureau at 843-884-4176. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Chill with a Cop

Join us at TCBY in the Towne Centre this Friday, August 5th from 5-8pm for our "Chill with a Cop" event! Our officers will be hanging out, speaking with the community, signing Buddy Cards, and eating ice cream!


Come out and support local students by donating much needed school supplies. We will be at Target filling a cruiser with donated items. If it is on your kids' school supply list, we need it. Below are some examples: 

Bottle of Elmer's Washable Glue
12" inch ruler with both inches and centimeters
3 Ring Binder
Black Dry Erase Markers
Blunt tip pair of scissors
Box of 24 Crayola Crayons
Boxes of #2 Pencils
Large Box of Tissues
Large Pink Eraser
Package of Loose Leaf Wide Ruled Notebook Paper
Pencil Case
Plastic Folders With Pockets and Brads
Red Ballpoint Pens
Spiral Bound Notebooks
Yellow Highlighter