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Captain Brian Ambrose

Captain Brian Ambrose is a native of the Charleston area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Erskine College. He previously served as a reserve police officer with the Due West Police Department. Capt. Ambrose started as a full time officer with Charleston in 1997, and graduated with honors from the SC Criminal Justice Academy.  He has worked in the Uniform Patrol Division (Teams 1, 2 and 4), Central Detectives Division, and as a Command Duty Officer.    Capt. Ambrose is currently the Strategic Analysis and Innovations Division Commander. He oversees the operations of the Community Outreach office, Crime Intelligence Operations Center, Grants, and the Special Projects Unit.
Capt. Ambrose specialized in Homeland Security issues after 9/11, and attended numerous training classes on Weapons of Mass Destruction and anti-terrorism operations and investigations. He serves as an instructor for the Department and has taught classes on Defensive Tactics, WMD response, Ethics, Active Shooter response, and Integrating Communications, Assessments, and Tactics (ICAT.)  He recently served as an instructor for the US Virgin Islands Public Safety Support Foundation on Use of Force and De-escalation topics through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He is a graduate of the 2009 Carolina Command College sponsored by the FBI. Capt. Ambrose also graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum’s 60th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2015.  Captain Ambrose is the Department’s liaison with the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center, and was recently selected to serve as a law enforcement advisor on the SC Department of Mental Health Planning Council.

Captain George Brisbon, Sr.

Captain George Brisbon, Sr.
 is the Commander of the West Patrol Division.  This Patrol Division includes Team 3, Team 4 and Team 5; he also commands the Command Duty Officers (CDO).  He has served the Charleston Police Department in many capacities that include; Commander of the Support Services Division, Deputy Bureau Commander of Administrative Services Bureau, Deputy Bureau Commander of Special Operations, Commander Disaster Response Unit, Commander of Traffic Division and Team Commander Uniform Patrol. 

He graduated from Baptist Hill High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from South Carolina State College, a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, and he is a honor graduate of the Southern Police Institute. 

Capt. Brisbon has received numerous professional and community awards, he has served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he was Honorably Discharged.


Captain Dale Middleton

Captain Dale Middleton
 has been with the Charleston Police Department for 27 years. He is currently assigned as the Deputy Commander for the Patrol East Division which encompasses the peninsula of Charleston.

His previous assignments include Deputy Commander of the Strategic Analysis and Innovations Division which included Professional Standards, Training Division and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). He has also served as the Commander in Central Investigations and several Patrol Divisions.

Captain Middleton received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from East Tennessee University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. In 2002, he was selected to participate in law enforcement exchange programs involving Southern Australia Police, in Adelaide, Southern Australia. 

Captain Middleton has extensive experience in administrative and leadership positions complemented by strong organizational, communication, problem-solving, decision making and multitasking capabilities.

He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, and Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officer Association.

Captain Francis Searson

Captain Francis Searson is a native Charlestonian who was raised in the West Ashley area. He attended Charleston County public schools and graduated from St. Andrews Parish High School in 1975. In 1977 the Charleston Police Department initiated a Police Cadet Program which gave youth interested in law enforcement an opportunity to serve at the Police Department. Thus, Capt. Searson began his law enforcement career as a Police Cadet with the Charleston Police Department in 1977. In 1979, he graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy earning the J.P. Strom Award as the top honor graduate in his basic training class. 

He continued his education earning degrees from Trident Technical College, Southern Illinois University, and The Citadel College of Graduate Studies. Capt. Searson also attended the FBI National Academy graduating in Session 189 in 1997. 

During the span of his career, Capt. Searson has received many professional and community service awards. He has served in numerous capacities within the Police Department including those in Patrol and Investigations. Capt. Searson’s previous commands include the Commander of the Peninsula Patrol Division, Forensic Services Unit, Patrol Teams 2 and 4, Narcotics Unit, and Traffic Division. His former ancillary duties include those as Commander of the Underwater Recovery and Hazardous Material Teams. 

Presently, Capt. Searson commands the Special Operations Division which includes full time units; Traffic Division (Motors, DUI, Enforcement/Investigation, Harbor Patrol, K-9, Transport), School Safety (SRO’s, School Safety Response), SWAT Quick Response, and several ancillary Units; SWAT, Explosive Device, Hostage Rescue, Underwater Recovery, Civil Disturbance, Unmanned Aerial Systems-DRONE, Community Service, and Honor Guard.

He and his wife Karen are involved in many youth activities within the community and are raising four children.

Captain Chito Walker

Captain Chito Walker began his professional law enforcement career with the Charleston Police Department in 2000. He currently serves as the Division Commander of Professional Standards, which encompasses Internal Affairs, the Office of Professional Development & Training, CALEA Accreditation, and the Recruiting and Retention Unit. 

During his tenure, Captain Walker has served in numerous command capacities to include West Patrol Division Commander, Special Operations Commander, SWAT Commander, Central Investigations Property Crimes Commander, Team 4 Commander, and Command Duty Officer. 

Captain Walker holds a Bachelor’s Degree from South Carolina State University in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 260), Department of Homeland Security Leadership Academy (Session 5), and the South Carolina Command College. Captain Walker also has had the privilege of attending numerous training courses in tactics, investigations, and leadership throughout his professional career.


He is a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and also holds professional affiliations with the FBINA Association; the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); the National Tactical Officer Association (NTOA); and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5.

Captain Jack Weiss

Captain Jack Weiss moved to South Carolina in 1993, to attend Charleston Southern University. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts as a History Major and Sociology Minor, in May 1997.   Captain Weiss became part of the First Police Corps Class, which was held in Baltimore Maryland, in August 1997. 

After graduating from the Police Corps in December 1997, he joined the Charleston Police Department in December 1997. Over his time with CPD he worked in Team 2 Patrol for the first four years, and two and a half of those as a Field Training Officer. In 2002, he transferred to the Safe Streets Unit in Special Operations and became a member of the Explosive Devices Team.  While in Safe Streets he was promoted to Private First Class and Corporal. In 2005, Captain Weiss became the Supervisor of the Tactical Unit, also under Special Operations. In 2007 he transferred to Team 1 as a Patrol Supervisor.  In 2008, Captain Weiss was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant and became the Bomb Squad Commander over the Explosive Devices Team.  He remained in Team 1 as a Supervisor until 2011, when he was promoted to Lieutenant and became a Command Duty Officer.  In April 2012, Captain Weiss transferred to the Central Investigations Unit where he served as the Commander of the Crimes Against Persons Unit. In September 2016, Captain Weiss was promoted to his current rank and made the Division Commander of Central Investigations. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2016.