Office of the Chief



Chief Carl Ritchie began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer with the City of North Charleston Police Department. In 1989, Chief Ritchie accepted a position as a police officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department rising through the ranks to his current assignment as Police Chief. 
His previous assignments included Major of the Operations Bureau, Uniform Patrol, Traffic, Narcotics, Criminal Investigation, Administrative Services and S.W.A.T.

Prior to entering civilian law enforcement he served in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Member while on active duty and a Special Agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a reservist.

He has been responsible for the operational planning of many high profile events that have received national attention and include the opening ceremonies for the new Ravenel Bridge, the Blue Angels visit, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention and the security of high profile visitors. The most recent event was the leading of the Unity March over the Ravenel Bridge that was attended by over 10,000 participants and in support Emanuel 9.

Chief Ritchie holds degrees in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, Criminal Justice Administration from Strayer University and the Command College of South Carolina at Anderson University with a Master of Criminal Justice. He is a graduate and Riley Fellow of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Institute for Departmental Management and Leadership and the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy.

Professional Memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, South Carolina Police Chiefs Association and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Chief Ritchie succesfully led the Mount Pleasant Police Department to its eighth national reaccreditation achieving the Gold Standard with Excellence and is committed to community policing.