Monday, February 27, 2017

Service Animals

We are sometimes called to a business when a service dog comes in to clarify what is allowed and what is not. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives clear guidance on service animals that are summarized below.     

The following information about service dogs was taken from the Americans with Disabilities Act website. You can find the full text at

  • Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
  • A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.

Service Animal Defined- dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.

Where Service Animals are Allowed

Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.

Service Animals Must be Under Control

Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

Inquires, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals

  • When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
  • Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
  • A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
  • Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.
  • People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals. In addition, if a business requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.
  • If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.
  • Staff are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Belle Hall Elementary School Career Day

Thank you for allowing us to attend the career fair for your school! We had a great time getting to know your students and teachers!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Financial Transaction Card Fraud

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the two females pictured above. On February 18, 2017, the two subjects attempted to use stolen credit cards at CVS on Highway 17 and Target on Long Grove Drive.

Anyone who has any information on these two is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Salata at 843-856-3032 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, February 21, 2017

Missing Person

She has been located and is safe!

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a missing person. Caitlin Elisabeth Evins was last seen on February 17, 2017 on Ellen Ave. She is 26 years old and is described as 5'00" tall, weighs 80lbs, has blonde hair, and has blue eyes. Ms. Evins is not known to have a car but is known to frequent the Isle of Palms along with the Mount Pleasant area. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Evins is asked to contact Detective A. Goode at 843-884-4176 or

Monday, February 13, 2017

American Red Cross Blood Drive

What: American Red Cross Blood Drive

When: February 17, 2017
            9am - 2pm

Where: 100 Ann Edwards Lane
             Town Gymnasium (next to the police department)

You can schedule an appointment at and enter the code MPPD. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thursday, February 9, 2017


The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Benjamin S. McFarland. He was last seen leaving his home in Charleston National wearing the same clothes he is wearing in the picture above. A note was left stating that he was going towards the "upstate through Columbia". Benjamin is described as 5'06" tall and weighing 230lbs. He has brown eyes, brown hair, and sometimes wears black rimmed glasses.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Benjamin McFarland, please contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department Detective Bureau at 843-884-4176.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Coffee with a Cop

Join us at McDonald's on Hwy 17 at Bowman for free coffee and conversation! We will be there from 8-10am.

From 4-6pm we will be back out at McDonald's for Cones with a Cop. Kids get a free ice cream cone while you converse with the police officers that patrol your community! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tax-Related Identity Theft

Tax season means tax-related identity theft and scammers are looking for ways to take your money. This quick video talks about both issues.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2016 Awards

2016 Awards
Flickr Photo Album
Our 2016 awards ceremony was held on Friday and we want to congratulate the following employees:
Civilian of the Year - Mrs. Clanton
Rookie of the Year - Pfc. Rowell
Officer of the Year - Pfc. Lynch
Detective of the Year - Det. Jenkins
Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Simmons
Visionary Award Recipient - Sgt. Horton
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the police department and the Town of Mount Pleasant!