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Crime Prevention & Community Relations Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit works to educate the public on matters of Crime Prevention and Safety through the media, public speaking engagements, web-site, and direct communications with more than a hundred-and-fifty neighborhood associations and apartment communities. To receive periodic Crime Prevention messages go to NOTIFY ME and register to receive BOTH "Team Area" and "General" messages.

See the list of documents on this webpage for helpful tips and advice on many aspects of Crime Prevention and Safety.

The Crime Prevention Unit of the Community Outreach Office is staffed by Senior Police Officer Sosa, a Crime Prevention Specialist certified through the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) in both general crime prevention and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), as well as Officer N. Brown.   

SC State Association of Crime Prevention Officers      International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners                                 

The Crime Prevention Unit is tasked with educating the public to recognize their risk of crime, advising them what measures can be taken to reduce their risks, and motivating citizens to enact those measures.

Crime Prevention Officers encourage “Hardening-the-Target,” which means to enact measures to make it difficult for a criminal to commit his planned crime. Target Hardening is meant to discourage or deter a would-be robber, burglar, or thief by increasing his risk of being seen, heard, or caught during or after the crime. This can be done by individual citizens, as a group of neighbors, as a business, or as a whole community.
The Crime Prevention Unit approaches these tasks by offering free information and services. These include residential and business security surveys, attendance to public events, and public speaking engagements for youth, adults, neighborhoods, and businesses. The Law Enforcement Explorer Post also assists in these endeavors.

Services of the Crime Prevention office are free of charge, but are subject to availability. Two- to three-weeks notice is requested for public events, neighborhood meetings, and other "after-hours" functions. Security Surveys are arranged as needed.

Neighborhood Crime Watch
The Crime Prevention office assists neighborhoods in starting and maintaining their Crime Watch programs. See that section of the web-site for more information.

Neighborhood / Apartment Crime Advisories 
Through phone-calls, e-mail, neighborhood presidents and complex managers are kept abreast of recent crime incidents and trends. There are over 100 neighborhoods and 50 complexes currently receiving information. Contact your neighborhood association or manger about receiving this information, or call this office. ( "Notify Me" - see above)

Security Survey
This comprehensive risk assessment is offered to both individual residents and business owners / managers. Done by appointment, the CPS will meet with the property owner and point out risk factors - ranging from money handling procedures and personnel issues to physical security weaknesses - and will make written recommendations to reduce those risks .

Public Events
CPS and other staff can attend / speak at public events. Upon request we can bring various Department vehicles, booths relating to Crime Prevention / Safety, and “McGruff the Crime Dog.”

Tours of Police Headquarters / Facilities
Primarily offered to citizens’ groups, Scout programs, and small school groups, subject to availability.

Daytime or evening presentations can be arranged by calling 769-7407, 3-4 weeks ahead of your meeting date . The presentations listed here are given in person by the Crime Prevention Specialist or a designee, subject to availability.

This list reflects presentations already researched and developed. They may be modified to suit your group’s concerns or for time. If you have an idea or request for a topic not listed, call or e-mail this office.

Adult Group Presentation Topics (30 to 60 minute length)
Neighborhood/Apartment Crime Watch
General Crime Prevention (Burglary, Auto-Theft, Personal Safety)
Identity Theft/Fraud
Senior Safety
Teaching Safety to your Children

Business Group Presentation Topics (30min to 2hrs length)
Armed Robbery Prevention and Survival
Surviving an Active Shooter Encounter
Retail Crime Prevention (Management Info)
Retail Crime Prevention (Employee Info)
Employee Integrity/Safety (Retail and In-Home Service Providers)
Identity Theft and Internet Safety Concerns
Operation Identification (Proper Inventory/Marking)

Youth 12-20 Years Presentation Topics:
Career Day Presentation
Crime Prevention (General)
Personal Safety
Drug / Alcohol Awareness
Gang Awareness
Gun Awareness/Safety
Traffic Safety
Computer/Internet Safety

Boy Scout Merit Badges:
“Crime Prevention”
“Traffic Safety”

Children 3-12 Years (20-60 minutes length):
Meet an Officer / Police Car Visit
911 Demonstration
Lost - Finding Help
Avoiding Strangers/Predators
Traffic/Bike Safety
Drug / Alcohol Awareness
Gun Dangers


The Charleston Police Department invites citizens who had contact with a Charleston Police Department employee within the past year to participate in this survey.  The survey asks about your views and experiences with the police. 

The purpose of this survey is to assist us in our efforts to continually improve our services to the community.

All responses are confidential and no responses will be individually identified.  Your responses will be confidential and used only for research purposes.

Select answers based upon your own experiences and perceptions.

Please also respond to the open-ended question.


Citizen Satisfaction and Safety Survey


SPO. Harry Sosa
Crime Prevention Specialist

180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29403

Ph: 843-769-7407

Officer Nicholas Brown

180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29403

Ph: 843-769-7407