South Carolina Highway Patrol

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South Carolina Dept. Of Public Safety
Common name Highway Patrol
Abbreviation SCHP
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Patch of the South Carolina Dept. Of Public Safety.
Motto Courtesy-Efficiency-Service
Agency overview
Formed 1930
Employees 1100+ (as of 2008)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of South Carolina, USA
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SCHP Troop Map
Size 32,020 square miles (82,900 km2)
Population 4,679,230 (2011 est.)[1]
Governing body South Carolina Department of Public Safety
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Blythewood, South Carolina
Troopers 955 (as of 2008) [2]
Civilians 180 (as of 2004) [3]
Agency executive Colonel Michael R. Oliver, Commander
Special Units ACE/Motorcycle/K9
MAIT
CERT
Insurance Enforcement
Facilities
Troops 11
Website
http://www.scdps.gov/schp
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is the highway patrol agency for South Carolina, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state except for federal or military installations. The Highway Patrol was created in 1930 and is a paramilitary organization with a rank structure similar to the armed forces.[4] The mission of the South Carolina Highway Patrol includes enforcing the rules and regulations in order to ensure road way safety and reducing crime as outlined by South Carolina law. The Highway Patrol is the largest division of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and its headquarters is located in Blythewood. This department also includes the South Carolina State Transport Police Division, and the South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services.

The Highway Patrol has many responsibilities. The primary job of the rank and file trooper is traffic law enforcement. This includes traffic collision investigation, issuing warning tickets and citations for traffic violations, and finding, arresting, and processing impaired drivers. A state trooper is a sworn peace officer, and although their primary duty is traffic enforcement, they can perform other law enforcement functions.

Patrol Structure[edit]

SCDPS Deputy Director/SCHP Commander - Colonel Michael R. Oliver

SCHP Deputy Commander - Lieutenant Colonel Christopher N. Williamson

  • Field Operations - Region One - Major Marc S. Wright
    • Troop One - Captain C. T. Stephens
    • Troop Two - Captain D.W. Yongue
    • Troop Three - Captain Michael Warren
    • Troop Four - Captain B. J. Albert
  • Field Operations - Region Two - Major Melvin Warren
    • Troop Five - Captain Jo-Nathan Nell
    • Troop Six - Captain J.T. Manley
    • Troop Seven - Captain A.K. Grice
    • Troop Eight - Captain G. Owens
  • Operations Support - Major Mark Gosnell
    • Troop Nine/Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team - Captain Rob I. Lee
    • Training Unit - Captain N.A. Felder
    • SCHP Communications - Captain R.L. Ray
  • Administrative Support - Major C.S. Watford
    • Troop 10 - Administrative and Regulatory Compliance - Captain C. B. Hughes
    • Executive Services/Employment Unit - Captain G. B. Peralta
    • Budget/Patrol Supply - Captain M.A. Burgess
    • Liaison Unit - Captain M. J. Gamble
      • Community Relations Office - Sergeant Bob Beres
      • School Bus Safety Program - Lieutenant C. M. McLeod

Highway Patrol duties[edit]

The agency has specific jurisdiction over all South Carolina state highways, U.S. Highways, Interstate highways in the state and all public roads. Local city police or the counties sheriff's department having a contract with an incorporated city have responsibility to investigate and enforce traffic laws in incorporated cities. However, the SCHP can still enforce traffic laws on any public road anywhere in the state regardless if it is in an incorporated or unincorporated city. SCHP has authority over any incident that would require a Trooper's response.

SCHP officers are responsible for investigating and disposing of car accidents, debris, dead animals and other impediments to the free flow of traffic. They are often the first government officials at the scene of an accident (or obstruction), and in turn summon EMS/Fire (although,their dispatch often does this long before they are one scene), tow truck drivers or SCDOT personnel. The SCHP files traffic collision reports for state highways and within unincorporated areas.

It is the largest police agency in South Carolina with around 1,114 employees, of whom 910 are sworn Troopers, and 204 civilians, according to the SCHP website.

Rank structure[edit]

Rank Insignia Description
Colonel
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Patrol Commander
Lieutenant Colonel
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Patrol Deputy Commander
Major
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Region/Support/Administrative Commander
Captain
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Troop Commander
Lieutenant
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Troop Executive Officer
First Sergeant
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Troop First Sergeant/Post Commander
Sergeant
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Team Supervisor
Corporal
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Team Supervisor
Lance Corporal
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Senior Trooper
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Trooper First Class
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Trooper
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Trooper Trainee
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Specialized Units[edit]

  • The Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT): investigates complicated vehicle crashes, using state-of-the-art technology and analysis to reconstruct the scene.
  • The Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT): responds to civil emergencies using specialized training, tactics and equipment.
  • The ACE (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) Team: works specifically to curtail trafficking and transportation of illegal drugs on South Carolina roadways and includes the K-9 Corps, which assists in tracking drugs. Also includes the Motorcycle Unit, and Safety Improvement Team.
  • The Telecommunications Centers: work dispatching troopers to incident scenes and assist the public with emergency calls.
  • The Insurance Enforcement Unit: works closely with the Department of Motor Vehicles to identify uninsured drivers and take them off the highways.
  • Community Relations Office: includes uniformed troopers and civilian staff around the state dedicated to educating the public and media about the Highway Patrol and highway safety.
  • Governor’s Security Detail: works with the State Law Enforcement Division to provide security for the South Carolina Governor and his or her family.
  • Emergency Management Unit: monitors emergency traffic issues and coordinates hurricane evacuation efforts

Demographics[5][edit]

  • Male: 97%
  • Female: 3%
  • White: 85%
  • African-American/Black: 14%
  • Asian: 1%

In the line of duty[edit]

Throughout the 83 years of the Patrol, 50 Troopers have died performing their duty.[6][7]

Category Number
Automobile Accident
15
Gunfire
18
Heart Attack
1
Motorcycle accident
8
Stabbed
1
Struck by Vehicle
2
Vehicle Pursuit
4
Vehicular Assault
1
Officer Date of Death Details
Corporal D. Kevin Cusack
March 27, 2010
Automobile Accident
Lance Corporal Jonathan S. Nash
September 19, 2009
Motorcycle Accident
Lance Corporal James D. Haynes
February 1, 2008
Automobile Accident
Senior Trooper Jonathan W. Parker
May 16, 2005
Vehicular Assault
Corporal Kenneth Jeffery Johnson
July 7, 2002
Gunfire
Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao
June 12, 2002
Struck by Vehicle
Trooper Eric Francis Nicholson
December 6, 2000
Gunfire
Lance Corporal David Travis Bailey
April 5, 2000
Automobile Accident
Lance Corporal Jacob Ham Jr.
February 8, 1998
Heart Attack
First Sergeant Frankie Lee Lingard
December 31, 1997
Gunfire
Lance Corporal Randall Scott Hewitt
June 23, 1996
Automobile Accident
Lance Corporal Michael Allen Chappell
April 17, 1995
Automobile Accident
Trooper Randall Lamar Hester
April 20, 1994
Vehicle Pursuit
Lance Corporal Mark Hunter Coates
November 20, 1992
Gunfire
Trooper Hardy Merle Godbold
February 28, 1992
Vehicle Pursuit
Trooper David Hunter O'Brien
December 14, 1991
Automobile Accident
Trooper Marvin L. Titus
November 12, 1991
Gunfire
Trooper Harry McKinley Coker Jr.
June 21, 1989
Struck by Vehicle
TFC George Tillman Radford
October 29, 1988
Gunfire
TFC Robert Paul Perry Jr.
April 15, 1987
Vehicle Pursuit
TFC Bruce Kenneth Smalls
September 27, 1985
Gunfire
Corporal John R. Clinton
May 24, 1983
Gunfire
PFC David Lee Alverson
November 13, 1981
Automobile Accident
Sergeant Robert Aaron Mobley
July 19, 1979
Gunfire
PFC William Edward Peeples
June 8, 1979
Gunfire
PFC Ben Wesley Strickland III
May 31, 1974
Gunfire
Patrolman Fulton House Anthony
March 10, 1973
Gunfire
Patrolman Roy Odes Caffey
October 8, 1972
Gunfire
Patrolman James Amechie Traylor
December 25, 1970
Gunfire
Patrolman Alfred Alexander Thomason
July 27, 1970
Automobile Accident
Corporal Richard Varn Woods
August 19, 1969
Gunfire
Patrolman Marion Charles Steele
September 10, 1966
Gunfire
Patrolman John Ray Riddle
January 15, 1961
Automobile Accident
Corporal Henry C. Yonce
May 19, 1959
Automobile Accident
Patrolman Harry Boyd Ray
September 7, 1958
Automobile Accident
Patrolman Arnold R. Carter
June 18, 1956
Vehicle Pursuit
Patrolman Albert T. Sealy
October 5, 1950
Automobile Accident
Patrolman Norris Nettles
January 4, 1942
Stabbed
Patrolman Joseph P. Monroe
September 28, 1941
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman George Gibbs Broome
May 28, 1941
Automobile Accident
Patrolman Harlan M. Smith
September 23, 1940
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman Walter T. Bell
February 4, 1939
Automobile Accident
Patrolman L. Lawson Rhodes
July 13, 1938
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman Edward M. Hennecy
November 19, 1935
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman Edwin D. Milam
December 25, 1934
Gunfire
Patrolman Hansford McKinley Reeves
February 15, 1934
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman J.D. Cunningham
June 1, 1933
Motorcycle Accident
Patrolman William Pierre Lancaster
June 9, 1932
Motorcycle Accident

Special programs[edit]

Auxiliary Trooper Program

  • Auxiliary Troopers assist highly trained, seasoned state troopers in enforcement support on daily patrols; to assist with traffic and crowd control at special events; and provide support during natural disasters such as hurricanes.
  • Auxiliary Troopers receive more than 130 hours of training for certification by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
  • To maintain auxiliary status, the Auxiliary Trooper serves minimum of 20 hours per month or 60 hours each quarter of the calendar year.

Fatality Victims Memorial

  • The Fatality Victims Memorial is a website that families of those persons killed on South Carolina highways can put information about their loved ones.

Child Safety Seatbelt Demonstration

Trooper Public Speaking Program

Vehicles Used[edit]

The South Carolina Highway Patrol use many different varieties of marked, semi-marked, and unmarked vehicles, like many other law enforcement agencies in South Carolina and the rest of the United States. Most vehicles are a part of fleets, usually late 90's to as recent as 2010 Ford Crown Victoria or the modified versions of the Crown Vic (as it is commonly called), The Ford Police Interceptor. Also used are 2007 to present Dodge Charger of modified LX and SRT-8 body styles, and starting in 2012, the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Tahoe and a Holden WM Caprice.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est.html 2007 Population Estimates
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies
  4. ^ http://www.scdps.gov/schp/history.asp
  5. ^ http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/lemas00.pdf U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers
  6. ^ http://www.schp.org/in_memory.asp SCHP Memorial
  7. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page http://www.odmp.org/agency/3610-south-carolina-highway-patrol-south-carolina
  8. ^ SC Highway Patrol to use mix of cars.

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