Communities located along the coast of South Carolina are tasked with providing public safety to citizens and tourists who enter waterways within the Police Department’s jurisdiction. While these waters are jointly policed by state and federal law enforcement agencies, the need arises to mobilize municipal police officers, watercraft personnel, and equipment.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Marine Patrol meets this need by utilizing volunteer police officers and certifying them in police watercraft enforcement and public safety techniques. Assisting with special events that attract numerous boaters, rendering aid to disabled watercraft, and ensuring proper boat operation and safety compliance are all part of this bureau’s mission. Officers assigned to this bureau are assigned on a rotating basis and are certified by the United States Coast Guard and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.